Microsoft Flaw Was a Factor in Aurora attacks

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McAfee certain that a vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was an important pathway for the attacks on Google.

The vulnerability in IE takes place when the "attack" looks like it comes from a trusted source, then, obviously leading the target to fall into the trap of then clicking on a link or file.

After the malware is downloaded and installed, a back door opens, which allows the attacker top gain complete control of the system

Microsoft said it was investigating the report issued by McAfee, but determined that IE 6, 7 and 8, did contain the security vulnerability.

This article was originally published on Friday Jan 22nd 2010
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