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Windows 7: Adobe will be top target for hackers in 2010.

29 Dec 2009   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Adobe will be top target for hackers in 2010.

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Adobe Systems' Flash and Acrobat Reader products will become the preferred targets for criminal hackers in 2010, surpassing Microsoft Office applications, a security vendor predicted this week.

"Cybercriminals have long picked on Microsoft products due to their popularity. In 2010, we anticipate Adobe software, especially Acrobat Reader and Flash, will take the top spot," security vendor McAfee said in its "2010 Threat Predictions" report (PDF).

Hackers usually target the most widely used products in order to achieve the maximum impact. For a long time that has made Microsoft their primary target. But the software giant has tightened security in its recent OS releases, leading hackers to look for additional targets
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Adobe will be top target for hackers in 2010, report says


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29 Dec 2009   #2
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

2009 has not been kind to Adobe with numerous vulnerabilities in their products this year. The problem with vendors like Adobe and SunJava targeted by malware writers is that the majority of home computer users have no clue that anything other than security updates and their antivirus/anti-malware need to be updated.
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30 Dec 2009   #3
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

That's one of the reasons why I tell users to download and scan with "Secunia's Personal Software Inspecter".
Download - Personal (PSI) - Vulnerability Scanning - Secunia.com
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30 Dec 2009   #4
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

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30 Dec 2009   #5
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Same here, Jaycee. I think (hope) "Secunia's Personal Software Inspecter" is included in all "closing" posts after helping clean a computer.
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30 Dec 2009   #6
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

With two recommends like that I am sold
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30 Dec 2009   #7
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Good! One down and and millions more to go
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30 Dec 2009   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

If you only need to read PDFs, there are Adobe Reader alternatives out there that do not support dynamic content such as javascript and are not subject to those types of attacks.

One such app is Sumatra PDF viewer. I have been using it for a few weeks without any issues yet. Secunia does not bark at it.
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30 Dec 2009   #9
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

I have been using Sumatra PDF view for quite a while myself. There are a number of open source readers available from PDFreaders.org - Get a Free Software PDF reader!. I suggest checking the Calendar Of Updates "Installers Hall of Shame" for any unwanted add-ons not only for an alternate PDF reader but other software as well.
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