See Why You Should Uninstall Adobe Flash On PC Right Now (No longer Safe)
Kaspersky Labs have just revealed a new virus called FinSpy or FinFisher targeted at computers with Adobe Flash player.
If you are using Adobe Flash on your PC, you should be uninstalling it right now but if you are really using it for most of your PC works, kindly update it quickly.
Apart from this malware threats, may I bring it to your notice that Adobe flash is a memory-and-battery-sucking monster that is riddled with holes and years-old unpatched code which makes it a fertile ground for hackers? Good thing you know now.
According to Kaspersky Labs, this recent vulnerability discovered on Adobe’s Flash platform permits hackers to plant or input malware. According to Kaspersky, the exploit is known as FinSpy or FinFisher and is actually a commercial product that is sold to countries and law enforcement agencies to conduct surveillance.
The name of the attacker, Black oasis, uses the FinSpy malware through Microsoft Word documents to attack victim computers. .
Countries targeted by BlackOasis includes Russia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Libya, Jordan, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, the Netherlands, Bahrain, United Kingdom, and Angola. Users in these countries should be extremely careful to avoid this virus hitting their computer.
In a quest to curb the virus, Adobe has released a security update that is expected to fix the problem. However, it’s also not a bad idea to completely uninstall Adobe Flash because companies like Mozilla and Google have announced their plans to stop supporting flash in their browser and even Adobe has confirmed that they will be ending support for Flash in 2020.
So do the needful and uninstall or upgrade. It’s your call to make.