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updated 11/7/2011 1:51:53 PM ET 2011-11-07T18:51:53

The German shoe-manufacturing giant Adidas took down several websites over the weekend as a result of what the company calls "a sophisticated, criminal cyberattack."

"Our preliminary investigation has found no evidence that any consumer data is impacted," reads the press statement posted yesterday (Nov. 6) on Adidas' news site. "But, while we continue our thorough forensic review, we have taken down affected sites, including adidas.com, reebok.com, miCoach.com, adidas-group.com and various local eCommerce shops, in order to protect visitors to our sites."

As of midday Monday, the main Adidas site and MiCoach.com were still down, but the Reebok and Adidas Group sites were back up. The site for the Rockport line of shoes, which became part of Adidas when the latter company acquired Reebok, did not seem to be affected.

Adidas did not provide further details other than to state that "we have put in place a number of additional data security measures."

Needless to say, if a major international company is taking down its website, it's usually safe to assume that something very serious has taken place.

As security researcher Carole Theriault posted on Sophos' Naked Security blog, "We would recommend that anyone who has shopped online at any of the affected sites change their passwords as soon as possible."

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