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How to disable Flash Player: Why now’s a better time than ever

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Now more than ever, leaving Adobe Flash Player on your system is looking like a dubious proposition.

While Flash has long been a popular vector for malware, last week’s security breach of surveillance software firm Hacking Team underscored just how vulnerable Flash can be. Hacking Team was relying on at least three unpatched Flash exploits, which cybercriminals immediately adapted for their own nefarious uses. Adobe is scrambling to patch the exploits, but at least one remains unfixed as of this writing.

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DEF CON: Come hack the Internet of Things

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The Internet of Things is talked about a lot and many people are unsure what it really is, but at DEF CON 23 this summer in Las Vegas, that should become a lot more clear as attendees compete to hack IoT devices.

“Pwning IoT via Hardware Attacks” is a competition starting this year as part of IoT Village, a new sector of the conference focusing on security of proliferating device such as sensors, meters, industrial controls and smart appliances.

As part of the village attendees can enter their successful compromises against IoT devices in an attempt to win prizes. The entries will be judged on the severity of the compromise – how thoroughly a machine is taken over – and how it can be accessed, such as remotely or without being detectable, says Chase Schultz, a security researcher for Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), which is organizing the competition.

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