Adobe Reader and Acrobat are under siege once again, this time via targeted attacks exploiting a previously unknown flaw in the software that lets an attacker crash the app and wrest control of the victim's machine. Adobe plans to issue an out-of-band update by next week for Windows-based systems only.
This week Dark Reading launches a new feature: the Mobile Security Tech Center, a subsite of Dark Reading devoted to bringing you more detailed news, insight, and in-depth reporting on security issues as they relate to portable, mobile, and wireless devices and networks.
Developers moving to the upcoming paid version of Google Translate need to follow the documentation so their implementation of the package doesn't lead them to paying for someone else's use of the platform. In its current form, if it's running on the same server as the chat program it's translating for, Google Translate exposes to public view the customer identification code associated with a particular user.
Software piracy is a problem for software vendors, companies buying the software and users. Using pirated software can expose the organization to dangerous malware that often piggybacks on the applications to compromise computers and spread over the network. There have been a number of attempts to try to stop online piracy, such as Microsoft's Windows Geniune Advantage, which determines whether the copy of Windows installed on a computer is authentic.
Perhaps it was an omen of what was to come when the city of San Francisco on New Year's Eve 2010 couldn't get a backup system running in its Emergency Operations Center because no one knew the password. But as 2011 begins to fade to black, we look back at the biggest security snafus that made headlines, from the numerous service outages to data hacks attributed to everything from the shadowy group Anonymous to China. Some might even want to label 2011 the year of the advanced persistent threat.
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