Adobe says hackers accessed data for 2.9 million customers – Oct. 3, 2013

Adobe says hackers accessed data for 2.9 million customers – Oct. 3, 2013.

If you have purchased products directly from Adobe, you need to be aware of this and (i) be on the lookout for notification for Adobe about whether this affects you, and (ii) monitor your identity (particularly with respect to any card used to purchase the Adobe product), to ensure you are not a victim of identity theft.

Hacked companies fight back with controversial steps | Reuters

Hacked companies fight back with controversial steps | Reuters.

This is an interesting, timely, and valuable piece examining how companies are dealing with the growing onslaught of commercial cyber-attacks.

Gone are the days when a company can take for granted that a firewall and updated anti-virus software was enough to keep its data safe.

Increasingly companies are taking more proactive, and even retaliatory, actions to deal with this onslaught.

Needless to say, companies must tread a careful line here, lest they fall victim to liability for their own action.

In any event, this is a good read to stimulate thought about how companies are coping with increasing cyber-security threats. Is your strategy up to the task? It’s a question you cannot afford not to ask yourself!

6.5 Million LinkedIn Accounts May Be Compromised, Change Your Passwords Now

6.5 Million LinkedIn Accounts May Be Compromised, Change Your Passwords Now.

This is a double does of bad news for LinkedIn. First word came out last week that its mobile applications collect and transmit certain sensitive data, including information on appointments and meeting notes, in “plain text” format (thus rendering them easily snatchable by Black Hats).

Now it appears that millions of accounts may have been exposed on a Russian hacker site.

There is a valuable lesson here for both LinkedIn and its users. Good security (including robust passwords policies) is very important.

If you are a LinkedIn user and have not already done so, now is a good time to change your password!