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Internet Explorer Users on Fire. Hackers Taking Possession of Their Personal Data

On Saturday, Microsoft reported that hackers can easily take over computers that use the Internet Explorer browser ...

Internet Explorer Users on Fire. Hackers Taking Possession of Their Personal Data

On Saturday, Microsoft reported that hackers can easily take over computers that use the Internet Explorer browser because of a security flaw that was detected. Yesterday, Microsoft circulated a security advisory that informs its customers about the vulnerability in all versions of Internet Explorer, 6 through 10.

 

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Hackers could acquire full permission from users through their computers, which would then authorize them to view and delete data, to install  programs, change passwords,  and numerous other actions. Microsoft sent out an alert stating,  “An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user."

 

FireEye, the security firm that discovered the flaw noted on their official website: "Threat actors are actively using this exploit in an ongoing campaign which we have named Operation Clandestine Fox. It's a campaign of targeted attacks seemingly against U.S.-based firms, currently tied to defense and financial sectors. FireEye spokesman Vitor De Souza revealed via email, “It's unclear what the motives of this attack group are, at this point. It appears to be broad-spectrum intel gathering.”

 

Another security firm, Symantec, pointed out: “Windows XP users are particularly susceptible, especially XP users are not safe anymore and this is the first zero day vulnerability that will be not patched for the system ."

 

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Microsoft has proposed other solutions to the problem. One is to simply switch to a different browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Another solution is to enable Enhanced Protected Mode, among other methods publicized on Microsoft’s service advisory.

 

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