As part of the hack, thousands of emails and other material on their servers was divulged.
Early this week we decided it was time to update our aging copy of Photoshop to the latest version – Photoshop CS4 Extended – but balked at the RRP (around £800).A quick search of the usual outlets proved there were some savings to be made, including several on e Bay and a couple of Amazon Resellers.[more] Knowing that Amazon would provide their usual high level of customer service if we ran into problems we chanced a Reseller with good feedback and handed over nearly £250.00.Knowing that we had a counterfeit copy I took another look at the packaging and the discs, and with the exception of those pamphlets it was incredibly good.Arguably they could have used higher quality ink (the blue rubbed off onto the grey inner box in many places) but the attention to detail is unbelievable, with light Adobe logos in all the right places, appropriate stickers, screen printed DVD’s etc. To cheat the Adobe activation system this pirate copy made an amendment to our TCP/IP HOSTS file upon installation – all the proof you could possibly need. This could of course be attributed to the main software product, not just the cracked version, but I find that hard to believe (unless, of course, it's version 1 of a new Microsoft product).
BTW, because I've had too much to drink while I write this, I'm using pirated and cracked interchangeably though I know they both mean different things. I used to have collections of stuff that my friends and I would share with each other and our families (computers were HUGE in my family). Anyway, I've found that pirated programs are a little unreliable.
It must have cost a fair bit of money to make such an accurate copy of the Photoshop packaging, but the reason a factory will choose to do so is simple – there is an opening for selling this software at £100-£400 – a massive profit for those involved.
If Adobe charged £200, maybe this market would not exist, and we’d have bought directly from Adobe – probably as a digital download, the most profitable transaction they can have.
It was very hard to imagine Adobe would allow this through their quality control, especially with the price of Photoshop being what it is.
Since there was no absolute way to be sure I called Adobe Customer Service on 02 and quoted the serial number. We’d just paid £250 for a Torrent download in a pretty box.
When you install applications in the Adobe Creative Suite CS5 or CS6, such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, the installation program also installs the Adobe Application Manager (formerly called Adobe Updater).