If you’re one of the few people still using Microsoft Internet Explorer, you’d better check your device because you may be in for a surprise. Thanks to the German government agency overseeing IT safety, Microsoft found an Internet Explorer Security Flaw.
The German agency found a weak spot in the browser’s security protocol. They also informed Microsoft that the code behind the attack can be found on the internet and it spreads easily. This is obviously a real threat because this security flaw on Internet Explorer can be used for targeted attacks.
A spokesman for Microsoft Corporation said that they are aware of the threat. He declared on Tuesday the company is already working to solve this problem and a patch-software will be released soon enough.
“This is not a massive problem. There have been only a small number of targeted attacks,” said spokesman Thomas Baumgaertner.
This problem seems to exist for Windows XP or Windows 7 operating systems and Internet Explorer versions 7, 8 or 9. It is recommended for these users to switch to another browser until Microsoft releases the update for its browser. Also IE 10 is confirmed to be safe.
“We’re aware of targeted attacks potentially affecting some versions of Internet Explorer. We have confirmed that Internet Explorer 10 is not affected by this issue,” Yunsun Wee, director of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, said.
The way this malicious program that corrupts your browser works is among the cleverest. You receive emails that lure you to phantom websites. By accessing this website you just open your computer’s door to whoever wants to enter your system and make his way.
So it’s better to take Yunsun Wee’s advice. “We recommend customers deploy Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 3.0, which provides effective protections without affecting the web browsing experience” advised Yunsun Wee. “We will continue to investigate this issue and take further actions as appropriate” he added.
If you’re going to take the word of IT gurus on the forums, it’s best to switch your browser for the moment. But if you are a dedicated fan of Internet Explorer, be careful with this newly found flaw and upgrade your favorite browser to IE 10.