Study: Web Browsers, Flash, Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Office, Source of Cyber Attacks

September 17, 2009

(ChattahBox)— A new study reveals that software applications, Web browsers and server-based software for the Internet, provides the source for most of today’s cyber attacks of computers. The results of the study come as a surprise to many, who previously attributed most cyber threats to vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s operating systems.

The massive study of cyber threats was conducted, by the SANS Institute, an IT security education and research group, which collected data from about 15,000 organizations, to discover the source of vulnerabilities leading to cyber attacks.

The study noted that vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Windows operating systems are usually fixed within days of discovery. The real weaknesses exist in software programs, like Flash, Acrobat Reader, QuickTime, Microsoft Office and Web browsers, which often are not updated, leaving them vulnerable to hackers.

The study said that “vulnerabilities found in applications receive less attention and get patched on a much slower timeline.”

Additionally, hackers also exploit vulnerabilities in Web server components, such as SQL, FTP, and PHP to embed malicious code directly into Web sites, allowing hackers to steal personal information from the site or directly from your own computer.

The hackers can search your computer for vulnerabilities and exploit them to turn the computer into part of a zombie botnet.

The study advises computer users to immediately update their software applications and to uninstall older versions to protect their computers from cyber attacks.

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