TechRadalar has learned that the Instagram and Twitter hack tools were designed to allow the hacker to remotely disable or delete the accounts of anyone who attempted to access the sites.
This is in line with previous security advice from Adobe.
According to a blog post from Adobe, the tools are designed to be used to: Disable accounts of individuals who are known to have engaged in or are known or suspected of engaging in criminal activity (e.g. fraud or identity theft).
Enable or deactivate accounts of accounts suspected of being used for fraud, identity theft or other unlawful activities.
The tools will not disable the accounts’ personal information.
In short, it’s a great way to get around Adobe’s security measures.
“Adobe has taken a number of steps to protect the information you provide when you sign in to Instagram, such as requiring you to confirm your email address and password, but we don’t believe the ability to block accounts and the ability for a third party to disable accounts is necessary for the purpose of these security measures,” the Adobe spokesperson told TechRadars.
“While we’ve been aware of the vulnerabilities in these tools for a number years, we have not seen the malicious behavior that has been reported to us in the past.
We also do not believe these security updates will be enough to protect you from malicious behavior in the future.”
The Adobe spokesperson went on to say that the company has worked closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help identify the attackers behind the attacks, and that Adobe has “expressed our deepest sympathies to anyone who has been impacted by this malicious activity.”
“We strongly recommend that all users update to the latest versions of the Instagram, Instagram and Twitpic apps and continue to use these apps to share their photos and videos,” the spokesperson continued.
“We have taken additional steps to improve security and we continue to monitor for new issues.”
Adobe has previously been accused of not properly protecting its own products and its customers, and in 2017 the company faced a massive hack and data breach.
This was only the latest in a series of security breaches in 2017, and it comes just weeks after a similar hack took place at Facebook.
Adobe has released a statement to TechRadAR saying that “we are working closely with law enforcement to understand the nature and scope of this hack and to ensure we are in compliance with all applicable law and regulations.”
® This story was amended on November 29, 2018, to clarify that the attacks were carried out by a Chinese company and not an American company.