Software flaws used in hacking more than double, setting record

(Refiles April 11 story to add dropped words in fifth paragraph) By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The number of previously unknown software flaws used by hackers more than doubled last year, a new report says, in another sign of the increasing sophistication of cybercrime and online espionage. Secret vulnerabilities in computer programs are especially prized by criminal gangs, law enforcement and spies because software vendors have not been warned and so cannot publish fixes. Symantec's total of "zero-day" or unknown vulnerabilities includes both flaws that were discovered because they were used by top-flight hackers who left tracks and those that were revealed to the public at the same time as the software maker.

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