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5 Security Things to Know for the Week of Feb. 5

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1) Cybercriminals are actively exploiting a new critical zero-day vulnerability in Flash for which Adobe is expected to patch this week.

2) The number of data breaches tracked by the U.S.-based Identity Theft Resource Center reached an all-time high in 2017.

3) Cryptocurrency botnets have become all the rage, netting millions of dollars in virtual coins for their operators.

4) Lauri Love, a U.K. resident accused of hacking to U.S. government systems, will avoid extradition to the United States after his lawyers argued such a move would be "oppressive."

5) A Cisco VPN software vulnerability garnered a "10 out of 10" severity rating.