March 11, 2010

Microsoft Warns Of Web Browser Flaws

Microsoft warned this week that hackers are targeting a weakness in earlier versions of its Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser software.

The company said it is looking into a hole that cyber attackers are taking advantage of in IE 6 and IE 7 versions of the software.

"At this time, we are aware of targeted attacks attempting to use this vulnerability," Microsoft said in an advisory posted along with a routine release of patches for Windows and Office software.

"We will continue to monitor the threat environment and update this advisory if this situation changes."

Hackers can take advantage of the flaw to remotely seize control of computers.  According to Microsoft, the new IE 8 Web browser, as well as the old IE 5 version, are not affected by the flaw.

The warning comes just two months after Microsoft released an update for its IE 6 software, after China-based hackers attacked Google and other firms.

Upgrading to the most current version of software promises to increase protection against cyber crimes, no matter which Web browser people use.


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