The next major version of Adobe Reader, Adobe X, slated to be released next month, will include a new security feature designed to mitigate attacks against the popular PDF software, Adobe announced on Monday. The new capability, called “Protected Mode,” will force all operations that display PDF files to the user to be run inside a highly confined environment, known as a sandbox, in which certain functions are prohibited. The new functionality will help prevent attackers from being able to write files, change registry keys or install malware on an individual's computer, Adobe has said. Malicious code inside PDF files will be contained inside the Reader sandbox, instead of being installed on a user's system. — AM
Organizations in the government, real estate, telecommunications, retail, and other sectors across the U.S., Africa, and the Middle East have been subjected to intrusions under the new CL-STA-0002 threat cluster.
BBC News reports that major online travel agency Booking.com had its customers in the U.S., UK, and other parts of the world impacted by fraud following a social engineering attack that involved the deployment of the Vidar information-stealing malware.
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