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Adobe rushes to release emergency (malware) update for its Flash player

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April 8, 2016

Adobe said in a news release this morning that has provided an emergency update to its Flash Player after security researchers discovered a critical security flaw that allows attackers to take over a PC and then crash users' machines in a catastrophic manner.

In a statement, Adobe called the security hole a critical vulnerability and urged users to update as soon as possible.

Proofpoint, a computer security company, was one of three researchers to identify the security issue, which allows ransomware to be installed on computers that visit an infected website.

Ramsomware typically encrypts users' files and demands payment in return for unlocking them.

Adobe said it appeared that the flaw was being actively exploited on systems running Windows with Flash Player version 20.0.0.306 or earlier.

Adobe didn't say how many users had been affected by the attacks, but Flash Player runs on more than 1 billion connected desktops worldwide.

Adobe Flash Player is widely used for watching videos, animations and other multimedia. Flash plug-ins for every major web browser and operating system are available for free.

This is not the first time Adobe software has been targeted. The worst attack came in 2013, when hackers managed to access personal data for nearly 3 million customers.

There are several similar reports of companies and even large hospitals in the U.S. that have been hit with ransomware and other kinds of malware. Users need to be extremely vigilant and make sure their systems are updated at least once a week, preferably daily.

Source: Adobe.

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