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THE authorities in Singapore, the United States and Britain have issued warnings over a serious security hole in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser.
They are advising computer users to consider using other Web browsers until there is a fix.
The bug, which came to light at the weekend, allows cybercrooks to take over a person’s computer when he simply visits a website, even a legitimate one, that crooks have tampered with.
Especially vulnerable here are the 450,000 computers still running the 13-year-old Windows XP operating system as of February.
The bug is the first known XP vulnerability that will not be patched since Microsoft ended support for it on April 8, said cyber security firms Symantec and Trend Micro.
All current editions of Internet Explorer, versions six to 11, are affected by the bug.
The good news is no known attacks have been reported here yet. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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