Thursday, July 9, 2009

Microsoft's security hole lesves computers at hackers' mercy

  • Microsoft has taken the rare step of warning about a seriors computer security , vulnerability that it has not fixed yet.
  • The vulnerability affects the internet explorer users whose computers run the Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 OS.
  • It can allow hackers to remotely take control of the victim's computers.
  • The victims need not do anything to get infected except visiting a website that has been hacked. Security experts say that criminals have been attacking this vulnerability for nearly about a week.
  • Thousands of sites have been hacked to serve up malicious software that exploits the vulnerability. People are drawn to these sites by clicking the links provided on spam e-mails.
  • The so called zero day vulnerability disclosed by Microsoft affects the part of its software used to play video.
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