Adobe Reader and targeted malware attacks

Summary:If you're still tardy in applying security patches for the ever-present Adobe Reader software, this chart from F-Secure should jolt you into action.

If you're still tardy in applying security patches for the ever-present Adobe Reader software, the chart below from F-Secure should jolt you into action.

The chart provides hard data on the most commonly exploited software exploited by hackers in targeted attacks, the class of malware destined for one specific organization or industry.

It's instructive that Adobe Reader has slowly bypassed Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint over the last three years, even though those software products are just as ubiquitous in the business world.

From F-Secure:

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There were 1968 files in 2008. The number was 2195 during the year 2009. That isn't a very large increase in the overall total from 2008 to 2009 but we did see a greater percentage targeting Adobe.

And how about the first two months of 2010?

Well, so far the number is 895, which will more than double last year's number if the current pace continues.

Well, what are you waiting for?  Get patching.

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Topics: Malware, Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Security

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Ryan Naraine is a journalist and social media enthusiast specializing in Internet and computer security issues. He is currently security evangelist at Kaspersky Lab, an anti-malware company with operations around the globe. He is taking a leadership role in developing the company's online community initiative around secure content managem... Full Bio

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