October 4, 2013 Last Updated 9:31 am

The UK press get their teeth into one of their own; Adobe issues security alert following intrusion

Morning Brief:

The British press has sometimes been compared to the little dog that grabs hold of your pant leg and won’t let go. The thought is that they are fairly harmless, but annoying, nonetheless. But now the British press seems to have grabbed a hold of one of their own, the Daily Mail, and they are not about to let go.

DailyMail-Miliband-smThe Daily Mail got itself in a bit of hot water over an article that attacked the late father of Ed Miliband, the Labour Party leader. The article had the rather long and awkward headline: The man who hated Britain: Red Ed’s pledge to bring back socialism is a homage to his Marxist father. So what did Miliband Snr really believe in? The answer should disturb everyone who loves this country

When Ed Miliband responded to the article by penning an article for appearance in the paper, the Daily Mail doubled down with a follow-up article As the Labour leader reacts angrily to our critique of his Marxist father… We repeat: This man did hate Britain.

The Daily Mail remains one of the UK’s largest papers at over 1.8 million in the latest ABC circulation report. The Sun remains at the top at 2.258 million in daily circulation. But almost all the major UK papers have been reporting declines. The Independent, the paper owned by Alexander Lebedev, now is close to falling below 50K in daily circulation (without its bulk distribution) and is appearing completely. The Washington Post today reported on the row, describing the Mail as “Britain’s most polarizing paper, and one of the most powerful. To fans, it’s the voice of old-fashioned British values and the enemy of meddling bureaucrats and stultifying political correctness. To critics it’s a sensationalist, small-minded rag that demonizes feminists, foreigners and the poor.”

From the US, the whole thing seems silly, the Daily Mail looks to be caught in some cold war time zone that it can’t get out of. What is interesting, however, is how the British press has reacted to the episode, seeing an opportunity to attack the populist, right-wing paper and knock it down a few pegs, while at the same time going after other papers.

The Guardian today posted several attacks on the Daily Mail. But then The Telegraph today posted a story under the headline Guardian accused by Tories of smearing David Cameron’s father.

It is pass the popcorn time on Fleet Street.

Adobe early this morning reached out to its customers to inform them that they had experienced a hacker intrusion into their system and that customers may wish to reset their passwords.

“We recently discovered that attackers illegally entered our network. The attackers may have obtained access to your Adobe ID and encrypted password. We currently have no indication that there has been unauthorized activity on your account. If you have placed an order with us, information such as your name, encrypted payment card number, and card expiration date also may have been accessed. We do not believe any decrypted card numbers were removed from our systems,” the notice states.

We are also investigating the illegal access to source code of numerous Adobe products. Based on our findings to date, we are not aware of any specific increased risk to customers as a result of this incident. – Adobe website

When you sign into your Adobe account you will be forced to reset your password – no way around this. It sounds like Adobe thinks it was a pretty serious breach.

From the Adobe website:

“Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems. We also believe the attackers removed from our systems certain information relating to 2.9 million Adobe customers, including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders. At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems.”

The current political divide as reflected by The Huffington Post and Fox News:

HuffPost: America’s Biggest Newspapers Slam The GOP Over Shutdown

Fox News: What Shutdown? Media debate whether impact is huge or hype

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