Cybercriminals combine Java and Flash to thwart security

The latest report from M86 Security, a company specialising in real-time web and e-mail threat protection, has found hackers are using multiple attacks to get around IT security.

The latest report from M86 Security, a company specialising in real-time web and e-mail threat protection, has found hackers are using multiple attacks to get around IT security.

The biannual Security Labs Report details the emergence of combined attacks using Adobe's ActionScript and JavaScript languages to thwart most of the new, proactive detection mechanisms.

According to M86, this threat trend is the latest to emerge as cybercriminals seek new ways to limit the effectiveness of proactive security controls. As existing techniques for "covering their tracks" become less effective, cybercriminals have begun using combined attacks, which are more complex and difficult to detect.

By splitting the malicious code between Adobe ActionScript language - built into Adobe flash - and JavaScript components on the web page, they limit the effectiveness of many of the proactive security detection mechanisms.

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