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Microsoft Admits Zero-Day Aided Google Attackers

Jan 15, 2010, 02:21 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stuart J. Johnston)

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"Microsoft officials acknowledged that widely publicized attacks on Google and perhaps another 20 or more corporations were helped by a previously unknown zero-day (define) vulnerability in most versions of its popular browser.

"Thursday, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) released a Security Advisory, warning customers of the Internet Explorer breach and providing workarounds that basically call for cranking security in the browser up to 11.

""Based upon our investigations, we have determined that Internet Explorer was one of the vectors used in targeted and sophisticated attacks against Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and possibly some 20 other corporate networks," a post on the Microsoft Security Response Center blog said."

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