Published February 01, 2011
Internet users across the world are at risk of being hacked due to a massive security flaw in Internet Explorer, according to a Microsoft announcement.
The flaw, which affects all versions of the popular web browser, puts 900 million people across the globe at risk of being hacked and will require an interim patch update while Microsoft prepares a long term solution.
In a security advisory announcement made on Friday, the tech giant highlighted scripting vulnerabilities that affected all versions of its Windows operating system. The company maintains that no attacks have yet been reported.
“The main impact of the vulnerability is unintended information disclosure,” said Angela Gunn, a Microsoft representative told online technology site Tech Eye. “We're aware of published information and proof-of-concept code that attempts to exploit this vulnerability, but we haven't seen any indications of active exploitation.”
According to the statement, the vulnerability would allow a would be attacker to plant code that triggers malicious scripts to run which could collect private information such as e-mails and passwords, while sending the user to fake sites without their knowledge.
All users are advised to visit the Microsoft Security Response Center to follow the situation and download the fix.
Read more about the Internet Explorer security flaw at TechEYE.