Now Adobe strips Flash from Reader and Acrobat – pushes out critical security bug fixes

Adobe, the maker of the once-ubiquitous Flash Player, has removed all Flash components in the latest release of its Reader and Acrobat PDF products ahead of Flash’s official death in December 2020. 

The company’s update also contains patches for several critical security flaws that should make the November release imperative for admins to install.

The removal of various Flash components in the Reader and Acrobat November 2020 Release – DC Continuous, Acrobat 2020, and Acrobat 2017 – are listed as this release’s “top new features”. 

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Adobe notes that Flash is now deprecated and no longer used in its Acrobat DC desktop app. Previously, there were options or a button in Acrobat to collect user responses from a forms file that relied on Flash, such as Update, Filter, Export (All/Selected), Archive (All/Selected), Add, and Delete. 

Adobe says the Flash-dependent forms options have been

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As Maze retires, clients turn to Sekhmet ransomware spin-off Egregor

As the developers of the Maze ransomware announce their exit from the malware scene, clients are now thought to be turning to Egregor as a substitute.

The Maze group has been a devastating force for companies that have fallen victim to the cybercriminals over the past year. 

What has separated Maze in the past from many other threat groups are practices following infection. Maze would attack a corporate resource, encrypt files or just focus on stealing proprietary data, and then demanded payment — often reaching six figures — in cryptocurrency. 

If extortion attempts fail, the group would then create an entry on a dedicated Dark Web portal and release the data they have stolen. Canon, LG, and Xerox are reported to be among organizations previously struck by Maze.

See also: Ransomware operators now outsource network access exploits to speed up attacks

However, on November 1, the Maze group announced

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University of Warwick graduates to BT 5G to accelerate innovation

Communications provider BT, the University of Warwick and Warwickshire County Council have embarked on a collaboration to bring 5G innovation and co-development to the university campus and the wider region, stimulating regional economic growth and post-Covid-19 recovery.

The commercial 5G installation is the first phase of a strategic alliance between BT and the University of Warwick, which has more than 30,000 students and staff, to accelerate the co-creation of 5G-led capabilities within the campus and for industries across the UK.

The installation of a public 5G cell site on University of Warwick’s main campus will represent the UK’s first dedicated public 5G network for a connected campus, bringing 5G mobile coverage to university students, staff and visitors across the 720-acre site, and to people in surrounding areas through its EE mobile network.

It will also establish the university as a testbed for research, industry and consumer 5G use case development.

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Sources: Comcast and Walmart to develop and distribute smart TVs together; TVs will run Comcast software and Walmart will promote them for a recurring revenue (Wall Street Journal)

Wall Street Journal:

Sources: Comcast and Walmart to develop and distribute smart TVs together; TVs will run Comcast software and Walmart will promote them for a recurring revenue  —  Under the terms being discussed, the retail giant would promote TV sets running Comcast software and receive share of recurring revenue… Read More