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Indiana, 15 other states reach data breach settlement with Adobe

November 11, 2016

Indiana will soon receive nearly $54,000 for consumer education and protection programs after it and 15 other states reached a settlement with software company Adobe Systems Inc.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced the settlement, totaling $1 million for all 16 states, Thursday after a data breach of Adobe servers in 2013. The hack affected approximately 2.9 million people across the country, including 24,049 in Indiana, and compromised personal information such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, user names and encrypted payment card numbers and expiration dates, Zoeller’s office said.

The 16 states alleged Adobe did not use reasonable security measures to protect its systems or immediately detect an attack. Indiana will receive $53,718.36 in the settlement, which also requires Adobe to implement new policies to prevent similar hacks in the future. The Attorney General’s office said the state’s portion of the settlement will be earmarked for consumer education and protection.

“This case is yet another example of the importance of protecting your personal and financial information,” Zoeller said in a statement. “I continue to be an advocate for Indiana’s credit freeze protections and encourage all Hoosiers to place credit freezes with the major credit bureaus.”

In addition to Indiana, 15 other states including Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Vermont are included in the Adobe settlement.

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