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Security Researchers Find that Hackers Increasingly Exploit Unpatched Browser Vulnerability

An unpatched vulnerability in all versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser is raising concerns as it poses what The SANS Institute’s Internet Storm Center called a “significant new threat” to Internet users. The Internet Storm Center elevated its Internet threat rating because of the vulnerability, based on increased evidence of exploits. Attacks are reportedly being launched against Internet Explorer 8 and 9, but the vulnerability affects all versions of Microsoft’s browser. Security vendor FireEye recently released a detail analysis of an ongoing campaign of attacks—based on the vulnerability—focused on Japanese organizations since August. The attacks compromise and install malware on Windows PCs. Microsoft—whose next scheduled patch release is 8 October—has not yet indicated when it will release a fix for the browser vulnerability. (Computerworld)(Internet Storm Center)(FireEye)

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