Serious Security problem in IE

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Internet Explorer uses have been advised to change to Firefox or other alternative web browser because of a serious security issue found in Internet Explorer today (I6th of December 08).

The flaw found in IE could allow criminals to take control of your PC and steal your passwords. Microsoft is said to be investigating the problem and preparing an emergency software patch to resolve it.
In a security alter about the new flaw, Microsoft said

"Microsoft is continuing its investigation of public reports of attacks against a new vulnerability in Internet Explorer,"

Microsoft confirm that the flaw has been exploited in IE7 but could not rule out the flaw being present in previous versions of Internet explorer as well.


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Microsoft Scrambles To Fix Flaw

7:03am UK, Wednesday December 17, 2008
Microsoft will rush out an emergency fix for its Internet Explorer (IE) software after the discovery of a flaw which allows hackers to take over PCs.

The flaw allows Internet Explorer to be directed to infected websites

The company says a patch for the web browser will be released today - rather than wait for its regular security update next month.

The flaw was discovered last week and attacks were "spreading like wildfire", according to software security firm Trend Micro.

"When the patch is released people should run, not walk, to get it installed," said Trend Micro researcher Paul Ferguson.

"This vulnerability is being actively exploited by cyber-criminals and getting worse every day."

The security breach allows hackers to gain access to PCs by directing people to infected websites.

Internet security experts say the flaw is dangerous because nothing has to be downloaded for computers to be taken advantage of.

Teams of IT engineers have been working around the clock to deliver a fix for the defect.

Trend Micro believes as many as 10,000 sites have already been compromised to take advantage of the flaw.

John Curran, head of Microsoft's Windows commercial business group in the UK, said: "Obviously when you are talking about a customer base of over one billion people, any amount of vulnerability is too much and any type of infection is going to see a large number of people affected by it."

He added the flaw was primarily being exploited in China

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