Bug fixes and security breaches dominated the security news this week, after Microsoft, Adobe and Oracle rolled out critical patches for vulnerable software.
The scramble to release patches comes after the huge data leak from Hacking Team that continues to cause headaches for technology companies.
V3 rounds up last week's top security news.
Oracle releases 193 critical fixes, patches Java zero-day bug
Oracle has released a huge cache of fixes across its product suites, patching 193 security vulnerabilities affecting software components.
The Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - July 2015 includes 25 security fixes for Java, 23 of which may be remotely exploitable. It also fixes a zero-day vulnerability in Java, the first discovered in nearly two years.
Hacking Team leak reveals zero-day IE 11 bug
Security company Vectra Networks detected a zero-day vulnerability affecting Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11, after scanning through the huge cache of data logs leaked from Hacking Team. The bug was fixed as part of Microsoft's July Patch Tuesday release.
Government offers SMBs £5,000 to protect against online attacks
The UK government launched a new voucher scheme aimed at preparing small to medium sized businesses against the threat of cyber attacks. It is part of a wider £860m investment into cyber security from 2011 to 2016.
Malwarebytes releases Mac security software to get rid of Apple malware, adware
Malwarebytes announced its first dedicated security download for Mac users in response to what the firm sees as growing concerns over Apple malware and adware attacks.
"The bad guys are writing trojans and ad pop-ups for the Mac. Anti-Malware for Mac has been built from the ground up for the Mac environment - it's not just a simple port of our PC product," said Marcin Kleczynski, chief executive of Malwarebytes.
Darkode crime forum shut down in international sting
The notorious Darkode.me hacking exploit website has been closed down and seized by the authorities. The UK National Crime Agency helped in the international operation, alongside organisations including Europol and the FBI, and Darkode.me now displays a seizure notification.
Windows XP even more insecure as Microsoft ends anti-virus support
Users of Windows XP are now even more at risk from security vulnerabilities after Microsoft ended the final remnants of support for the platform.
Full support for XP ended on 8 April 2014, but Microsoft said it would maintain support for the Malicious Software Removal Tool and updates to the Security Essentials programme until 14 July 2015.
Flash on the rack as Mozilla and Facebook call for end to flawed tool
The future of Flash appears to be in the balance as heavyweights in the technology world call for its demise.
The latest complaints follow a leak of 400GB of data from Italian security company Hacking Team, which revealed that previously unknown flaws in Flash were being used by the firm to infiltrate machines and install its monitoring software.
Windows Server 2003 reaches end of life but many firms still using ancient system
Microsoft's long-serving Windows Server 2003 operating system has finally reached the end of its lifecycle, and all support and security fixes for the venerable server platform were withdrawn on 14 July.
Body-worn cameras pose data protection and privacy concerns, warns CCTV commissioner
The rise of body-worn cameras poses serious data protection and privacy concerns for the public, according to the government's surveillance camera commissioner.
Tony Porter noted that, while police use of body warn cameras, such as by the Metropolitan Police, is governed by strict rules and regulations, other organisations that use the technology lack the same oversight.
Europol and Spanish police team up in cybercrime bust
A joint operation between Europol and Spanish police has resulted in the arrest of a serious cyber criminal group working in Barcelona. The operation, codenamed Walker, dismantled an illegal call centre used to make fraudulent phone calls to premium numbers, causing up to €2m in criminal damage from illegal operations.
After decades of development, virtual reality is finally reaching professional usability
Nintendo sales double and profits balloon by 500 per cent as Shuntaro Furukawa is appointed president
Switch console sold more than 15 million units, while SNES Classic sold more than five million
High-precision measurements of nearly 1.7 billion stars made by Gaia space observatory
Water trapped in asteroids could be the source of the Earth's seas