Google has just hammered another nail in the coffin for Flash, Adobe Systems’ multimedia software widely criticized for its frequent security vulnerabilities.
ORIGINAL SOURCE: Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service
On Tuesday, Google set deadlines for when it will stop running Flash ads and accept only those written in HTML5, the latest version of the Web’s mother tongue.
As of June 30, Google will stop accepting new Flash-based display ads for AdWords and DoubleClick Digital Marketing. And Flash ads won’t be allowed on the company’s Display Network or DoubleClick after Jan. 2, 2017.
Flash is one of the most commonly targeted applications by hackers because it’s installed on hundreds of millions of computers. Unpatched vulnerabilities can allow a hacker to install malicious software on a computer if a victim merely views a malicious ad.
Attackers also use social engineering to trick people into thinking their Flash program needs updating, and then deliver malicious downloads.