Adobe top hacker target.
Adobe Flash and Acrobat Reader products will become the preferred
targets for criminal hackers in 2010, surpassing Microsoft Office
applications, a security vendor McAfee predicts. "Cybercriminals
have long picked on Microsoft products due to their popularity. In 2010,
we anticipate Adobe software will take the top spot," McAfee said
in its '2010 Threat Predictions' report. 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. Adobe's CTO said
recently that his company's software is being attacked more
frequently and said the company has stepped up its efforts to respond.
"We have absolutely seen an increase in the number of attacks,
around Reader in particular and also Flash Player to some extent,"
CTO Kevin Lynch admits. "We're working to decrease the amount
of time between when we know about a problem and when we release a fix.
That used to be a couple of months - now it's within two weeks for
critical issues." Mozilla's Firefox browser and Apple's
QuickTime software have also faced new attacks.
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