hackingRecently there have been some news about a spyware developer company called Hacking Team. The company is apparently responsible for creating spyware which is used by governments and law enforcement agencies to spy on others, although the company has since made embarrassing headlines for being hacked themselves.

However it seems that in the hack, it was found that the Hacking Team had actually discovered a weaponized exploit that will take advantage of an unpatched vulnerability in Adobe Flash. What this means is that with the documents and files of the Hacking Team being posted online, hackers who have discovered the vulnerability will no doubt be rushing to take advantage of it before it gets patched.

This has since been confirmed by antivirus developers Trend Micro and Symantec who wrote, “Symantec has confirmed the existence of a new zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Flash which could allow attackers to remotely execute code on a targeted computer. Since details of the vulnerability are now publicly available, it is likely attackers will move quickly to exploit it before a patch is issued.”

Adobe has also acknowledged the issue at hand and has promised that a fix will be released on Wednesday, and with officials noting that the vulnerability has yet to be exploited, hopefully all of this will blow over before any serious damage is done.

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