November 20, 2013
In early October 2013, Adobe suffered a massive data security breach. Their database of 38 million usernames and passwords was stolen and subsequently posted online  . Adobe did not protect user passwords to industry standards, and attackers were able to exploit that. Also stored with the passwords were the users' password hints in clear text. Many of the hints are weak and easily exploited by third parties. Security experts agree that it will be trivial for miscreants to discover the passwords.
Of the estimated 38 million Adobe customers affected, analysis indicates that there were over 2 million education-related accounts. We don't know how many of the email addresses are attached to active accounts on Valpo systems.
Adobe reached out to individual affected users via email. The notification thoughtfully included "[we] recommend that you also change your password on any website where you use the same user ID or password." However, there are reports of non-delivery (it might have been filtered as spam) and users disregarding the email (it might have been thought to be a phishing message).
If you used the same password used for Adobe System accounts as well as for work, school, banking, or other accounts, those accounts may be at risk. Repercussions could range from simple to severe, such as account hijacks to send spam, theft of bank deposits, or hackers gaining a foothold in a place of employment to conduct widespread damaging attacks.
We recommend that you take the following actions: