Microsoft has recently discovered a major security flaw in Internet Explorer (IE) that was previously unknown.
In a recent security advisory alert, Microsoft says:
Microsoft is continuing its investigation of public reports of attacks against a new vulnerability in Internet Explorer.
Internet hackers have discovered a hole in IE which allows them to install trojans on websites, risking the integrity of anyone who visits the site.
As many as 10,000 websites have already been struck. The actual number is estimated to be much higher than current reports.
Senior security advisor at Trend Micro, Rick Ferguson says, “In this case, hackers found the hole before Microsoft did… this is never a good thing”.
Because the security flaw rests with Internet Explorer, users are warned:
If users can find an alternative browser, then that’s good mitigation against the threat.
Microsoft has stated that they are trying their best to resolve the threat as quickly as possible.
Other browsers, such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, are not vulnerable to the flaw Microsoft has identified.
BBC’s technology editor says, “This could be the moment when the minnows in the browser wars finally score a significant victory”.
In JWRmedia’s most recent poll, the majority of visitors report using Internet Explorer as their preferred browser.
Other popular Internet browsers include: