Adobe to patch Flash Player zero-day abused by Hacking Team

Adobe plans to issue a patch to fix a zero-day vulnerability in its Flash Player software, which is being misused in active cyber-attacks. The bug was publicly revealed over the weekend after hackers broke into and posted hundreds of gigabytes of data from Hacking Team.

The Flash flaw was exposed after Hacking Team's information was posted online by hacktivists who sought to discredit the company's claims that it doesn't work with restrictive administrations. The leaked data suggests that Hacking Team has agreed to develop exploits for countries including Egypt, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Sudan and Thailand.

“This latest attack is yet another demonstration that Adobe is a prime target for exploit across commercial and consumer IT systems,” said Christopher Budd, global threat communications manager at Trend Micro.

Today will mark the seventh time in as many months that Adobe has issued an emergency update to fix a zero-day flaw in Flash Player, the last time being on June 23.