Over a third of UK firms have suffered a ransomware attack by hackers, according to the research published by IT security firm Eset. The news comes as criminals launch a fresh wave of such attacks exploiting a vulnerability in Adobe's Flash Player software.

The survey of 200 security professionals attending Infosecurity Europe earlier this month also found that 84 percent of respondent believed their company's reputation and infrastructure could be seriously damaged if a ransomware infection happened to them.

Recently, a wave of ransomware attacks has used a recent flaw in Adobe Flash to infect machines with the Cryptowall ransomware. The vulnerability has been added by hackers to the Magnitude exploit kit, according to an independent security researcher who goes by the moniker of “Kafeine”.  

This vulnerability is something that system hardening and vulnerability management within an organization could assist in preventing.

Read the full article on SC Magazine here.

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