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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Web Browsers - Chinese Hackers Target Internet Explorer - News

16, December , 2008
A new security flaw in Microsoft's  web browser has been expoilted by Chinese hackers.

The flaw could make Internet Explorer users vulnerable to having their computers hijacked and having their usernames and passwords stolen by criminals. This information is passed when a user visits an "infected" website. So far, most of these infected websites are in the Chinese language. 

Microsoft revealed the security flaw last week and said that Internet Explorer 7 is the primary target, although earlier versions might 
also be susceptible to the hijacking. They urged Internet Explorer users to switch to another browser like Firefox or Google Chrome while they worked to patch the flaw. Microsoft issued the following statement yesterday.

"We are actively investigating the vulnerability that these attacks attempt to exploit. We will continue to monitor the threat environment and update this advisory if this situation changes."

Trend Micro, an anti-virus software company, believes that as many as 10,000 websites have already been infected. 

Microsoft hasn't revealed whether they plan on issuing an  emergency patch or using a regular security update to close the vulnerability.

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