Internet Explorer users warned about attacks

By The Tri-City HeraldApril 29, 2014 

The Better Business Bureau is suggesting users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer switch to a different browser such as Google's Chrome or Mozilla's Firefox until a vulnerability that can allow a remote, unauthorized attack on computers is eliminated.

Microsoft announced the problems during the weekend through a service advisory. The company is working to fix the issue.

Remote attackers can install code on a user's computer without authorization, according to a news release. Versions 6 through 11 of Internet Explorer are vulnerable, and those with the Windows XP operating system are at greater risk because the company is no longer supporting the product.

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, is urging computer users to use Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit or use a different browser until an official update is available. The toolkit provides additional protection, but the BBB said it might not mitigate this particular vulnerability.

Disabling Adobe Flash might help, as the attack might not work without it, according to the BBB. And Windows XP users should upgrade their operating system or disconnect the computer from the Internet.

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