Java, Flash flaws expose websites to targeted attacks

Java, Flash flaws expose websites to targeted attacks

While loading up with SSL certificates by companies such as Thawte and GeoTrust can be a great way to protect customers and businesses, executives first need to make sure their website is safe and secure. Shadowserver Foundation, a nonprofit group tracking internet threats, said that many websites are compromised and download malware to visitors' systems via exploits found in Adobe Flash and Java.

"Such targeted attacks have become a major problem for corporations, particularly those within the defense industry or manufacturing," according to CSO Online. "In its 2011 annual security report, network equipment maker Cisco found that cyber criminals were moving from large-scale attacks using spam to working for organizations that pay handsomely for electronic documents stolen from particular international corporations and law firms, government agencies and research organizations."

This means that it is now more than just eCommerce and banking websites that need to worry about protecting themselves and customers online. Liam O Murchu, manager of Symantec's Security Response Operations, told the news source that it's a very prevalent attack to take out companies such as this through denial of service attacks. He said they've seen a large increase in this and malware attacks over the past year. Murchu said companies should isolate the kind of data that would be targeted and see who is accessing it, how it is being accessed and what kind of unusual activity is happening with it.

Shadowserver said companies will have to take much of security into their own hands, as many of these attacks are not solved until they have been in the wild for weeks or even months. This means that companies must keep up with security as much as possible. Using VeriSign SSL certificates is one way to help keep a website and customers as secure as possible.