7 Most hacked software of 2009 BY FORBES
What are the software that are top on hackers' hit list?
Applications and software that are most vulnerable and are the
potential targets of scammers and hackers to install malicious
codes into your PC?
Forbes recently released 2009's `MostHacked
list. The list names the software and applications that were
biggest targets of hacker attacks in 2009. The software used most by hackers
and other cyber criminals to sneak into your system and cause havoc . . .
# 1 Adobe Reader
This year's Most hacked software belongs to Adobe. Adobe Inc's popular software
Adobe Reader is the most hacked software of the year. Security firm iDefense
reportedly tracked as many as 45 bugs in the Adobe Reader
programme this year. The number is up from 14 in 2008 and seven in
2007. Security experts feel that Reader being a universally used programme
makes it highly vulnerable. Also, its complex code base offers a high
risk of flaws.
# 2 Internet Explorer
At No. 2 on the Most Hacked Software list is Microsoft's Internet
Explorer. Little surprising is that the browser with majority market share
almost 65% is hot on hackers and scammers target list. IE's complex
code base with no shortage of bugs helps hackers.
Security researchers found 30 bugs in IE this year, almost the same number as
last year and way down from 49 found in 2007.
# 3 Mozilla Firefox
The open source browser Mozilla Firefox is the year 2009's third Most
Hacked Software. Closest rival to Internet Explorer with approximately
25% market share recorded an increase in vulnerabilities this year.
Researchers and cybercriminals found as many as 102 bugs in Firefox this year,
an increase of 12 bugs visavis
last year's 90 bugs. Wondering what makes its
more vulnerable than IE which showed 30 bugs? Remember, the two cannot be
compared directly as Firefox is an opensource programme and Mozilla publicly reveals all its bug finds.
# 4 Adobe Flash
At No. 4 on the Most Hacked Software list is Adobe's popular design
software Flash, commonly used for viewing animations and movies. The
report found 11 vulnerabilities in the programme this year, down 8 from
19 last year. According to the report, the vulnerabilities pose a potential danger as the
software used for viewing videos and animation requires no interaction with the
user to infect the machine with malicious software.
# 5 Apple Quicktime
Next on the hitlist
of hackers is Apple Quicktime, a multimedia
framework used for handling various formats of digital video, media
clips, sound, text, animation and music. Though the Apple talk about
immunity from bugs in its machines, however, security experts feel
that relative security comes from its low market share and not careful coding.
According to the report, 26 bugs were found in Quicktime in 2009, down 10 from
36 found in 2008. The number looks high compared to mere 3 found in Windows
# 6 Microsoft Office
At No. 6 is another Microsoft's software, Microsoft Office. IDefense
tracked 41 bugs in Microsoft's popular suite of apps in 2009, down from
44 in 2008. According to the report, hackers many a times use Microsoft
Office applications like PowerPoint, Excel osr Word document to plant
# 7 Windows
Another Microsoft's software on Most Hacked Software list is at no.
7. The company's Windowsbased operating system continues to be
top on hacker's radar. Experts believe that the fact that Windows
vulnerabilities can be exploited without a user actually doing anything makes the
For example, the Conficker worm spread to over 7 million PCs last year without
requiring a user to visit a website, or open an attachment or actually do anything
else, other than just leave their computers running.