The computer software maker urged users to install an update to their Flash Player after researchers uncovered a security flaw making them vulnerable to ransomware. Fred Katayama reports.
Emergency patches for Flash users. Adobe Systems deployed a software update Thursday night that will affect the more than 1 billion users of its Flash Players. That's the software you use for browsing multimedia content on the Internet. Researches have uncovered a security flaw that would deliver ransomware. That's the fast-growing cyber threat that encrypts data, locks up the computer, then demands that users pay ransom to unlock their PC. This particular case involves the so-called "zero days" bug that is typically used by nation states for spying and sabotage, not cyber criminals. A spokesman at network security firm Fireeye, Kyrk Storer said, "The deployment of a zero day highlights potential advancement by cyber criminals." Adobe rated the patch with its highest priority, urging Flash users on Windows, Mac, Chrome and Linux computers to install the update as soon as possible.