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December 8, 2015

Speedtest Hastens to Drop Flash

It’s raining punches on Adobe’s Flash and has been for a few years of late. Speedtest, the world’s most popular bandwidth speed tester is now experimenting a beta version of an HTML5-based speed test, well on its way to drop Flash completely.

Ookla’s Speedtest.net is among the most popular websites in the world and for good reason. It is the default tool for internet users to check if their ISPs are delivering on the promised speeds. Fundamentally, it is among the most widely used instant tools on the internet and there isn’t a simpler way to check your internet speed. Speedtest is already great and it is only about to get even better.

Ookla is already testing a beta [...]

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July 14, 2015

Mozilla Blocks Flash By Default Due to Serious Security Threats

Mozilla has begun blocking Flash in a recent update, due to serious security vulnerabilities recently revealed to exist in Flash.

The user still has the option to unblock Flash for individual sites, but overall Flash will not just run whenever it is called in the browser. As far as Mozilla is concerned, this is a necessary move for the security of their users.

Several bugs were unearthed in the dump of Hacking Team’s archives recently, and these were unpatched bugs that an attacker could take advantage of to compromise a Flash user in Firefox or any other browser. While Adobe says, it takes the bugs “very seriously,” no one wants to trust Flash at the [...]

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July 8, 2015

Fallout From Hacking Team: Adobe Exploit Patched

There were two very interesting things to come out of this week’s Hacking Team breach. One was the list of clients the company had been contracting with, which included some private companies as well as repressive governments.

Another interesting thing that is gradually being unearthed is the existence of some unpatched vulnerabilities in major software distributions that the company had disclosed. Of these, there was a major one at Adobe, which was forced to patch a bug quickly in Flash.

The bug was outlined in some of the 400GB trove of files that hacker Phineas retrieved in his attack on the Italian company Hacking Team’s servers. The security research [...]

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