Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Recent Internet Explorer Security Flaw Endangers Your Privacy
A programming bug in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE), the default web browser on Windows-based computers, allows hackers to take control of users’ PCs by tricking them into visiting unsafe websites.
Microsoft admitted that a serious flaw in security has left the majority of the world’s Internet users exposed to attacks from hackers hoping to steal personal data and passwords.
Microsoft estimates two million computers have already been affected and that 1 in 500 Internet users may have been exposed.
Consultants at SecurityOrb.com advise computer users to switch to an alternative Internet browser, such as Firefox or Google Chrome, to avoid the hackers who have so far corrupted an estimated 10,000 websites.
Microsoft said that it is considering the release of an emergency update to correct the flaw.