Hackers use Flash player bug to exploit Gmail accounts

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You may be aware of the problems that Adobe has been having with their Flash Player lately as they have launched two bug fixes in the space of about four weeks. The company, which patched its latest bug on Sunday, has confirmed today that the bug is being used by hackers to exploit Gmail accounts.

By this they mean that hackers are able to steal login and credentials from Gmail users’ accounts as the bug has revealed vulnerability. This is why Adobe was forced to release an emergency patch which unusually for the company fell at a weekend. It’s their fifth fix this year.

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An example of how the hackers are doing this is explained by Wiebke Lips, spokeswoman for Adobe, she says they take advantage of the vulnerability by tricking users to click the harmful or malicious link via an email.

Adobe has indicated that the area which is being exploited is due to a cross-site scripting bug, this allows hackers to target those with the Flash Player plug-in rather than vulnerable browsers. According to the article at Computerworld virtually all users have this plug-in installed making them susceptible to attacks.

Check out the full article by clicking the link above for more information about the hacking. Are you a Gmail account holder?