55% of the PC browser market vulnerable to attack
An Internet Explorer breach is leaving users vulnerable to a hijack. Hackers created a website which allows the installation of malware when the site is visited. If you’re searching the web using Internet Explorer you can be tricked into visiting a site which will install malware that provides a stranger total control of your system. Control you might not even notice.
“I’d say someone taking control of your computer is just the beginning of the worst case scenario,” said Adrian Sanabria, a security expert with 451research.com. “Because then they steal your info, get access to your email, etc.”
For companies, if this is a PC it means that the hacker has the same access to corporate information as the end user.
Are only PC’s impacted?
Machines such as ATM’s, point of sale systems all use windows and internet browser by default. It is not easy; however it’s possible that a hacker can gain control of these machines. Businesses should speak with their equipment vendors to discuss their vulnerability.
How Do I Protect Myself?
While Microsoft works to fix this bug it’s important to protect yourself while a patch is developed. Users must remove Internet Explorer from their browser choices. The Altitude Unlimited Network Security Team is recommending the use of Firefox or Google Chrome as alternatives. You can also disable Adobe Flash. The malware relies on the Adobe Flash plug-in to run. To disable the Flash plugin in IE, click on “Tools,” then “Manage Add-ons.”However, this solve will dramatically change your online experience.
I’m Still Using Windows XP
It’s important for Windows XP users to understand their vulnerability now that the OS is no longer supported. Microsoft won’t be providing patches or updates which will resolve the issue. Microsoft representatives state, “An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information.”
Our Altitude Unlimited Network Security Team suggests you contact us to discuss your vulnerabilities to this attack and others and to discuss options to replace or upgrade Windows XP machines.
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