Adobe has issued a critical Flash Player security update for everyone who still used Flash Player. The update or updates for OS 10, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OX, address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacked to take control of the effected system through ransom ware.
The so-called “CERBER” attack affects Flash-based ads. There is good news, more good news and bad news around the attacks. The good news, there’s no known instance of the attack affecting Mac users. Windows 10 is being actively exploited though with users being billed as much as $1000 to get back access to their data. At least that had been the case, bringing us to the more good news.
The servers involved in the ransom ware have been cut off. The bad news, there’s more to come. Trend Micro’s TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog brought up the issue saying,
“Currently, all servers hosting these malvertisements are now inaccessible. Some reports mentioned that CERBER is being peddled in the Russian underground market as ransom ware-as-service (RaaS). This confirms that we will be seeing more of CERBER in the near future.”
So as always if you have anything Adobe on your system it’s always worth taking the latest update onto your system, even if they are prone to the occasional zero day exploit.