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Another major hack will convince you to get rid of Flash

Another major hack will convince you to get rid of Flash
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You need to know about a malicious cyberattack that's happening right now. The problem-plagued Flash is at the center of it and so is Yahoo, one of the Internet's most popular sites.

This cyberattack is financially benefiting the hackers. They're finding computers with old, vulnerable versions of Flash. Once in, they're secretly directing users to their own websites. They're then paid by Yahoo for bringing visitors to its ads. The more people who unknowingly visit the hackers' sites, the more money these crooks make.

It's called malvertising, or malicious advertising, and it's a crime that's on the rise. (Read more about malvertising here.)

In this new attack, hackers are sometimes demanding ransom from owners of infected computers. Either the owners pay up, or the cybercrooks take over their computer.

Yahoo says they shut down the hack down on Monday. And Flash already has a fix for it; just update your Flash, if you want to keep it.

But this latest attack may be the final straw for Flash. Every day it seems there's a serious cyberattack on this graphics program and, each time, we urge you to get rid of it.

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