The US Army, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and other US government agencies were infiltrated by the Adobe software breaches that came to light last month, the FBI said in a memo this week. The memo, which was distributed throughout the affected agencies, said that the breaches actually started in December of 2012 and were carried out by the hacker group known as Anonymous. They then left "back doors" to government computer systems which Anonymous operatives could return to later, which some did quite publicly last month.
Twitter's per-click ad value has increased by 300% since last year, an Adobe report shows. In Q3 2012, revenue-generating websites earned on average $0.11 for every link click-through from Twitter; in Q3 2013, that figure was $0.44. That revenue-per-visit (RPV) is by far the highest-percentage per-click revenue growth for the period for any social network, including Facebook (39%) and Pinterest (150%). That news alone could help boost Twitter's per-share price range for tomorrow's long-awaited IPO, but the report shows even more sunny news for the company's viability as a marketing platform.
AnonNews.org this weekend posted a 3.8 GB file listing over 150 million Adobe account usernames and hashed passwords stolen in the late September breach that came to light Oct. 3, reports Krebs Online Security. 38 million users were directly affected and have already been contacted by Adobe to change their passwords. That figure is above and beyond the 2.9 million accounts whose encrypted credit card information was stolen. The breach, it is now known, also included stolen source code for more of Adobe's programs than previously believed.
Adobe has corralled Flash Player in OS X Mavericks, sandboxing the much-maligned plugin in Safari on Apple's latest Mac operating system so as to minimize its potential to allow through malware. The move - which follows Adobe sandboxing its plugins when used in Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox - follows Apple's increasing moves to keep Flash at arm's length, including forcibly blocking Flash Player in Safari after security issues were spotted.
There's been a bit of a security breach over at Adobe this week, with the company letting it be known that a cool 2.9 million Adobe IDs may have been involved in the incident. Adobe is taking action this afternoon with a series of precautions due to the serious nature of the incident, including resetting passwords for millions of users as well as notifying those customers whose accounts were affected. Incidents range from simple account access all the way up to encrypted credit card numbers and expiration dates.
Adobe, who is best know for producing software such the ever-popular Photoshop, seems quite serious in its first ever hardware venture. The company is now announcing that it expects have its Project Mighty pen and Project Napoleon ruler manufactured and released by the first half of next year.
Adobe has revealed the Photoshop Photography Program, a $9.99 per month scheme that the company claims its specifically targeted at digital photographers who currently use an older version of Photoshop. The subscription package - open to anyone with Photoshop CS3 or higher - bundles several features of Adobe's Creative Cloud suite, including Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, for those who might not want, need, or make use of the other software usually included in the more expensive package.
Back on December 11, Adobe rolled out a fairly substantial update to Creative Cloud, adding new tools and other such changes that gave it quite the boost. They're doing this again, with the company announcing the release of a "major update" that we began hearing about back in May at The Creativity Conference. With the update comes Behance integration.
Adobe Lightroom 5 has been officially released, replacing the free beta with a new, paid version. Available either as part of a Creative Cloud subscription or as a standalone app, Lightroom 5 offers a range of photo-editing tools for making quick changes to shots, including automatic landscape straightening and the ability to add in multiple vignettes.
Tablets can be handy little photo-editing devices, particularly for photographers or media workers who need to tweak an image on-the-go without pulling out a laptop. For that reason, Adobe launched an app version of Photoshop for Android and iOS users called Photoshop Express, which offers some of the editing capabilities found in the regular desktop variety of the software. It has been available for most mobile users for awhile now, but starting today it is also available for Windows users.
As Adobe announces that they'll no longer be selling software in physical boxes, they continue their physical presence in this world with two bits of hardware: Project Napoleon and Project Mighty. With Project Mighty, the company is showing a cloud-connected stylus made specifically for apps and interfaces inside the Adobe Creative Cloud, Photoshop CC included. Adobe Project Napoleon is a candy bar-sized accessory that will allow users to keep digital lines straight - or curved, if they like.