Microsoft Edge Update Automatically Pauses Flash Ads

In yet another blow to Adobe Flash, Microsoft’s most recent update to its Edge browser automatically pauses Flash ads. The Next Web reports, “Peripheral content – ads, random animations, etc. – will be paused until a user actively clicks on it. Microsoft says the update will ‘significantly reduce power consumption.'” Microsoft also claims that the new feature is “smart enough to distinguish between peripheral content and ‘central’ content, such as video or games.” Microsoft Edge isn’t the first browser to release a feature like this. Google Chrome began sidelining Flash-based ads in version 42 in a bid to improve cybersecurity and conserve power usage.

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A New Kind of Ransomware Knows Where You Live

A new malware attack is bundling ransomware that Malwarebytes calls “beautiful and dangerous” with sophisticated social engineering that lures victims in by masquerading as a bank notice replete with home addresses and account details. According to ZDNet, “The well-worded email appears to come from a legitimate email address and domain name, and raises very few irregularities. The email comes with an demand for money for an arbitrary service, along with a link that purports to be an ‘overdue invoice.'” Once you’ve clicked the link and opened what looks like a Word document, you’ll quickly be looking at a full-on ransomware attack. Unlike other, more typical attacks, however, the “longer you wait, the larger the ransom you have to pay.” The bank is a UK-based company called Ludlow and says it is “as much [the] victim as those who got the emails.”

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