New Security Flaws Found in Internet Explorer

Vulnerabilities spotted after release of security patch
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2010 4:17 AM CST

(Newser) – An Internet security firm has found yet more serious "vulnerabilities" in Internet Explorer just days after Microsoft released a fresh security patch in the wake of a major hack attack. The browser—which was exploited by hackers in the recent wave of massive cyberattacks blamed on China—has weaknesses that thieves can use to remotely access all of the data on a computer if a user clicks on a malicious link, according to Core Security Technologies.

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A Microsoft spokesman says the company is working to fix the flaws and it isn't aware of any hackers using them to attack computers. Explorer has had a rough couple of weeks, the Telegraph notes. The French and German governments officially warned users to change their browsers to avoid security problems, and downloads of rival browsers Firefox and Opera subsequently soared.
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