The SWF:Malware-gen [Trj] security alert points to the SWF/CVE-2014-0502.A bug in the Adobe Flash Player that hackers exploit with the Infinity Exploit Kit to infect PCs with malware. The SWF:Malware-gen [Trj] exploit can be performed on machines running older versions of the Adobe Flash Player and allows attackers to install viruses, worm, trojans and keyloggers on vulnerable systems. Security researchers note that computers that do not run up-to-date software are exposed to many zero-day attacks and may not have security patches to known bugs. Therefore, the SWF:Malware-gen [Trj] exploit can be executed on numerous PCs and steal files, banking log-ins and extort users for money via ransomware like CryptoWall and VaultCrypt. Security researchers add that the SWF/CVE-2014-0502.A allows hackers to place a corrupted SWF file on your system and run a malicious ActionScript to download malware on your PC. Computer users should make sure that they are using the latest Adobe Flash Player and to employ the services of a reputable anti-malware suite to counter zero-day attacks.
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