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Hackers Trigger Security Panic for Internet Explorer

Experts suggest switching browsers until Microsoft issues emergency patch
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2008 5:24 AM CST

(Newser) – A security flaw in Internet Explorer has so alarmed web experts that they are advising people to switch browsers until the problem is fixed, reports the BBC. Microsoft is preparing an emergency software patch to fix the flaw, which has allowed hackers to seize control of individual computers and steal passwords.

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As many as 10,000 websites have been breached in a week because of the security flaw, said an antivirus expert. Internet Explorer is the most popular web browser in the world. Version 7 of the browser program has the security flaw, but other versions also appear to be vulnerable.
(Read more Internet Explorer stories.)

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