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Adidas website hacked, change your passwords now

If it seems like nothing we do online can ever be all that secure, it’s because it certainly seems like nothing we do online can ever be all that secure. Nearly every day there is a new story about some hack or breach, and this one is no different.

In this case, it is unclear if a breach actually occurred, but the threat is there. It happened with Adidas, the apparel company that is based in Portland, Oregon.

Unlike other situations where hacks occur, Adidas does not know for sure that anything actually happened. Yet, they are acting as if something did.

A threat was made

On Thursday, Adidas announced that certain customers who purchased things on their U.S. site may be caught up in a data security incident. Why did they do that?

On June 26 they were told an unauthorized party claimed to have acquired data that are associated with certain customers. While there is not necessarily any reason to believe this is true, Adidas is taking an abundance of caution while looking into it.

In an announcement, Adidas said they are “working with leading data security firms and law enforcement authorities to investigate the issue.” While there is a shortage of specifics, as many as a few million customers who use the website could be affected.

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If true, what was taken?

According to Adidas, the preliminary investigation has found that the data taken are limited in nature, but includes contact information, usernames and encrypted passwords. However, Adidas added that there is no reason to believe any credit card or fitness information was impacted.

No matter what may or may not have been taken, Adidas has been alerting relevant customers of what is going on.

What to do if I’m alerted

Assuming Adidas is right in that no credit card information was taken, as far as hacks go this would be a light one. Still, there are steps you would want to take in order to move on.

You will of course want to keep an eye on your credit card statements just to be safe, but otherwise go ahead and change your Adidas password. And, if you use the same password for other accounts of yours, you will want to change those, too.

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