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HP to Buy Cyber Security Company, Adobe Flash under attack

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  • Hewlett-Packard is getting into the business of cybersecurity. HP will purchase cybersecurity software company ArcSight for $1.5 billion. DailyFinance.com reports the deal will close by the end of this year. HP is shifting its strategy from building computers to providing services. HP officials say this deal will allow clients to secure their applications while monitoring and responding to threats.
  • Last week it was Adobe PDF reader. Now it is the company’s Flash product that is under attack by hackers. A new security advisory issued yesterday warns that the current version of Flash contains a critical flaw criminals are using to attack Windows PCs. Computerworld reports, the vulnerability can cause systems to crash or allow an attacker to take control. Adobe is promising a patch for Flash in two weeks, and for Reader in three weeks. Although only Windows PCs are under attack, all editions of Flash are vulnerable, including those for Macintosh, Linux, Solaris and the Android mobile operating system.

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