If you run Adobe Flash you need to read this.
Adobe has announced that it has released an emergency security patch to try and fix a fatal security flaw in the Adobe Flash software.
The new security patch fixes a problem that could potentially result in users becoming a victim of cybercrime and hacking.
The security flaw in question affects users of Apple, Windows and Linux operating systems.
According to Adobe the flaw affects the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.
The flaw is being exploited to install malware on computers via banner ads known as ‘malvertisements’.
What makes the particularly bad is that these malvertisements are being served to users via trusted websites, with the attackers having taken control of third party servers, the likes of which often serve ads on completely legitimate websites.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, this latest security flaw in Adobe Flash is also being included in what is known as an ‘exploit-kit’, a tool which is created by hackers to spread cyber attacks much more quickly. An exploit kit can also be sold between hackers for the them to carry out further attacks.
What do you need to do about this?
If you run Adobe Flash Player, you need to need to update the the software immediately to ensure that you are running the very latest version which includes the emergency patch.
Adobe is expected release a full security patch in the coming days.
It is also advised to run a virus or anti malware scan of your computer.
For more information read the security bulletin from Adobe.