In recent weeks the US Department of Homeland Security advised Americans to stop using the popular Web browser, Microsoft Internet Explorer (versions 6 through 11), due to a serious security flaw. Homeland Security officials warned computer users and administrators to use alternative Web browsers until Microsoft was able to offer a fix.
About 55% of PC computers run one of the affected versions of Internet Explorer. FireEye, an Internet security software company in California identified the flaw, called “Operation Clandestine Fox.”
A Serious Security Flaw
“Operation Clandestine Fox” allowed cybercriminals to bypass security protections in the Windows operating system. Internet Explorer users who visited compromised websites may have been attacked by a virus that hid in Adobe Flash files. In these so-called “watering-hole attacks,” hackers inject their malicious code into websites. This code can then infect the computers of site visitors, rather than attack a victim directly — much like a lion waiting for prey at a watering hole. These hackers would then be able to access your personal and sensitive information stored on your computer.
Microsoft has since released a bug fix.
The Importance of Updating Your Software
Be proactive about keeping all of your digital devices current. Your online security depends on keeping your digital devices “clean” and safe. Pay attention to those prompts to update your software or download a new bug fix.
Internet Explorer’s newest version (IE 11) is now available for download. You may also want to try other browsers like Google Chrome or Mozilla’s Firefox; both are available for download free of charge.
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