Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hack on Forbes feature could install drive-by malware on users; Microsoft,Adobe vulnerability patches fix it

Forbes’s website, specifically the “Thought of the Day” feature, was compromised for a few days in late November by hackers from China, according to a Washington Post story by Andrea Peterson, p. A14, link here. Ordinary users could be affected by drive-by downloads from this feature.  Fixes to Adobe Flash (implemented Dec. 9) and Microsoft Internet Explorer (patched Feb. 10 and just applied here at home) should protect users of Windows systems.  But the malware seems mostly aimed at industrial espionage and might not have affected home or small business accounts notably (except for becoming “bloatware”).  

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