Flash-bashing increased last week after new revelations that the Hacking Team, the giant in spyware had been using Flash to take over computers remotely and then infect them with numerous forms of malware.
The discovery of that took place after Hacking Team itself was hacked. Documents revealed in that breach that the Hacking Team had exploited two critical Flash code vulnerabilities.
Alex Stamos the security chief with Facebook tweeted that it was time for Adobe to call it quits for Flash.
Mark Schmidt the support chief at Mozilla followed suit quickly by tweeting that every version of Flash was turned off by Firefox.
That meant that all users of Firefox could not access Flash content because they could not turn the plug-in on. If the user wants to operate Flash they would have to use another browser besides Mozilla. Adobe was not available for an immediate comment.
For users of Firefox, the good news was that most would not even notice any change. Lest than 11% of website use Flash, according to a tech survey company online.
Flash is software that is referred to as middleware or an add-on extension to whatever browser that allows content to be seen.
It was widely used about 10 years ago, powering the majority of the games on the Web, videos and animation.
In 2005, when YouTube debuted, its videos were 100% Flash-based, which required all its audiences to install the plug-in software to see the media on YouTube.
However, that tide started to turn five years ago when an open letter was written by the late Steve Jobs ranting about the security if Adobe, blaming the Flash player at Adobe for being the biggest reason that Mac crash and citing Flash as having a terrible record of security in 2009.
Jobs was correct, Flash has a miserable record regarding security and is annually at the top of Symantec’s list of most vulnerable plug-ins.
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