Adobe Flash Player Takes All Top 10 Spots For Security Exploits
One of the world’s most unsecure software is Flash Player, which took up every single position on the Top 10 Security Exploits. That’s the word from Japanese telecom provider NTT Group.
Two years ago, it was Java that held this spot, being the most attacked program via exploit kits. Today, Flash Player is regarded as being extremely unsecure and a known favorite by cybercriminals to attack.
There have been a number of Flash Player attacks, mainly due to the sheer amount of vulnerabilities Adobe has yet to patch, and this despite the number of updates it’s offered to fix the bugs.
There was a 312 percent increase in security leaks for the Adobe Flash Player in 2015, compared to 2014. Java has had no new exploits from exploit kits. But, the NTT said there were still a number of unpatched Java systems so companies need to do a good job in protecting their systems.
Cybercriminals will use unpatched software to install malware onto devices that are susceptible. For instance, a criminal can use an exploit kit to hack website and install malware onto them. Whenever a person visits the infected site, the viruses get onto their computer without any knowledge to the visitor.
They can also install their exploit kits by using malicious ads, which is why users should have an adblocker installed on their device to make the browsers more secure.
Adobe recently released a security update dealing with a number of its critical vulnerabilities associated with current Flash Player version on Windows, Chrome, Linux and Mac. According to Trend Micro, another weakness lets hackers contaminate devices with the “Locky ransomware” – a kind of malware that keeps the computer locked until the user sends the hacker a certain amount of money. If not, the user could lose an array of important files stored onto their computer.
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