Internet Exploiter gains new
Mikey 19 comments
I know saying Internet Explorer has a new security flaw sounds redundant, but security experts are warning users to stop using the browser at least in the short term while they wait for Microsoft to fix the issue.
The new exploit can allow a criminal to gain access to your computer and of course steal your passwords. And they say as many as 10,000 web sites have already been exploited since this new flaw was discovered. Now you know why I call it Internet Exploiter.
Good browsers such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari are not affected.
Senior security advisor at Trend Micro Rick Ferguson said:
"What we've seen from the exploit so far is it stealing game passwords, but it's inevitable that it will be adapted by criminals...It's just a question of modifying the payload the trojan installs. If users can find an alternative browser, then that's good mitigation against the threat."
Naturally Microsoft went gaunt at hearing that last sentence, with John Curran at Windows UK saying:
"I cannot recommend people switch due to this one flaw. We're trying to get this resolved as soon as possible."
Ah yes of course. You would be silly to change to a browser that has been commended and praised by security experts the world over. It's probably better to listen to Microsoft and just cross your fingers.
Jokes aside, the sad truth is many people don't care about browser security and will happily keep using the tired old flawed IE anyway. But I wonder how many of those 10,000 are now regretting not listening to their Firefox friends.
Update: Microsoft have patched it. Not that it makes any difference to people who use real browsers. Of course it's now installed and wants me to do a restart, which means I will loose my development state. Sigh...I hate Internet Exploiter.