Ransomware is now installing via Flash

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  1. P-B

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    And that's why @DrivenByDemons sez you should use Chrome :grad:

    Just say NO to Adobe Flash Player -- emergency patch vs. Cerber ransomware


    Flash Player gets another emergency patch—this time, Adobe Systems is warning of a ransomware attack, exploiting a bug in the beleaguered software. So should you install the patch, or just uninstall Flash Player? What do you think…

    The ransomware, known as Cerber, has an unusual schtick: it talks to you. “Attention,” it slurs. “Your documents, photos, databases, and other important files have been encrypted.”

    In IT Blogwatch, bloggers test their backups and uninstall Flash. Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

    What’s the craic? Jim Finkle reports—Adobe issues emergency update:

    Researchers discovered a security flaw...being exploited to deliver ransomware...in "drive-by" attacks that infect computers...when tainted websites are visited. ... Trend Micro Inc...warned Adobe that it had seen attackers exploiting the flaw [with] 'Cerber'.

    Ransomware schemes have boomed in recent months. ... FireEye said that the bug was being leveraged [by] the Magnitude...automated tool sold on underground forums.

    Here we go again. Abigail Tracy says it's In Response To Zero-Day Exploit:

    Another day, another Adobe Flash vulnerability. ... Proofpoint first identified the severe vulnerability...now known as CVE-2016-1019.

    The exploit was calling an...undocumented API in Flash. ... Primarily spreading Cerber ransomware [and] Locky ransomware. [Proofpoint] is pretty certain it is the same group [that was] spreading Cryptowall and Teslacrypt malware over the last few months.

    If you can, uninstall Flash [Player] and use Flash in a contained environment like...Chrome’s sandbox.

    http://www.computerworld.com/articl...be-flash-player-cerber-ransomware-itbwcw.html
     
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    saw that. sucks.
     
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    I dont install plugins.

    flash, java and whatever stupid sites using silverlight can smd :derp:
     
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    OP is smart
     
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    Steve Jobs is rolling over in his grave
     
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    Well, let's not get crazy here.
     
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    Jobs took credit for many others work.
     
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    Installed the patch already, all is well.
     
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    That's just wut they want U to think.
     
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    all is well. That's funny. Flash has more holes than Swiss cheese.
     
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    I have at least 2 backups of everything. :coffee: If i get ransomware it'll be Format C:
     
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    Best software ever. Using it right now.
     
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