Microsoft warns of Internet Explorer security flaw
By Keith Landry, Reporter -
LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Microsoft says a security gap in Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer if the user clicks on a malicious link. The vulnerability affects versions 6 through 11 of the Web browser.
Microsoft Corp. said Saturday that it was aware of "limited, targeted attacks" that tried to exploit the security gap. The company is working on a fix which it plans to provide in a software update on May 13.
Computer experts say more than 50 percent of the computers in the world run some version of Internet Explorer, so millions of people could be affected by this problem.
"This is very serious," said Mason Moody, who works for Maitland-basedAtlantic.net, a cloud server hosting company. He works to prevent cyber-attacks against networks. "It doesn't require the user to do much more than visit the wrong kind of website, which will then execute the code and that will take over and do all the terrible things it's designed to do."
Fortunately, there are some short-term solutions for you. For example, Moody suggests disabling the Adobe Flash plug-in for Internet Explorer.
"If that's disabled. This exploit cannot work at all," he added.
Eric Delisle is CEO of DigiThinkIT in Orlando, an information technology security and software design company. He says if you don't know how to disable the Flash plug-in, you can always stop using Internet Explorer for now and switch to a different web browser.
"Move to something like Google's Chrome or Firefox," he said. "There's many other browsers that you could use."
Microsoft encourages customers to enable a firewall, apply all software updates and install anti-malware software.
Some information in this report is taken from the Associated Press.