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Widespread attacks exploit newly patched IE bug

Jan 23, 2010, 18:03 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert McMillan)

"The first widespread attack to leverage a recently patched flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser has surfaced.

"Starting late Wednesday, researchers at antivirus vendor Symantec's Security Response group began spotting dozens of Web sites that contain the Internet Explorer attack, which works reliably on the IE 6 browser, running on Windows XP. The attack installs a Trojan horse program that is able to bypass some security products and then give hackers access to the system, said Joshua Talbot, a security intelligence manager with Symantec.

"...The Google attack hit IE 6 on Windows XP, but over the past week hackers have found ways to exploit the flaw on more recent versions of the browser as well."

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