Scam of the day – November 18, 2013 – Latest Adobe developments

For more than a month I have been warning you and updating you about the hacking of Adobe and the theft of both personal information on more than 38 million of its customers as well as source code for for its Adobe Acrobat, Cold Fusion and ColdFusion Builder programs.  The danger posed by the theft of the source code cannot be overestimated as it can be expected to lead to exploitation of flaws in the code of these programs, some of which are used in the development of many of the websites we all frequent that can lead to identity theft for millions more people.  Facebook and a number of other companies are so concerned that they are now requiring members who use the same password for Facebook as they do for Adobe to change their passwords.  Identity thieves rely on many people using the same passwords for multiple sites and once a password has been compromised, as has happened with the Adobe hacking, identity thieves use that password at other sites to gain access to information that can make the person whose information has been stolen a victim of identity theft.  Adobe has been quite active in trying to update its security for its products since the time of the hacking and has just released security updates for its Adobe Flash Player as well as its ColdFusion software.  If you use either of those programs, you should download and install these updates as soon as possible.

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Here are the links to the latest Adobe security updates for the Adobe Flash Player and the Adobe ColdFusion software.  If you use either or both of these programs you should install them immediately.  It is vital that you install security patches and updates for all of the software programs you use as soon as they are available.  Identity thieves and hackers rely on people procrastinating installing these security patches.  It is also important to use different passwords for each of your online accounts so that if, as happened here, your information is stolen by one company with which you do business being hacked, your entire online life is not jeopardized.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2013/11/13/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Adobe-Flash-Player

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2013/11/13/Adobe-Releases-Security-Update-Adobe-ColdFusion

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