John Paczkowski

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Internet Explorer Found in Serious Security Flaw

There’s a critical security hole in Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s (MSFT) flagship browser.

Well, there’s a shocker. IE’s catalog of vulnerabilities and the security bulletins announcing them are so voluminous and overlarge at this point, it takes Security Focus 18 pages to list them all. So reports today that IE suffers from a vulnerability that affords attackers access to any sensitive data on your PC isn’t unusual. What is unusual is that the flaw–found in all Windows versions of the browser–has gone unpatched for so long that it’s being widely exploited. “Based on our stats, since the vulnerability has gone public, roughly 0.2 percent of users worldwide may have been exposed to Web sites containing exploits of this latest vulnerability,” the Microsoft Malware Protection Center said Saturday. “That percentage may seem low, however it still means that a significant number of users have been affected. The trend for now is going upwards: we saw an increase of over 50 percent in the number of reports today compared to yesterday.”

And that was three days ago (the Microsoft Malware Protection Center has been oddly silent the past few days).

What’s an IE user to do? Microsoft has a few suggestions–“follow our Protect Your PC guidance” (… BAHAHAHAHA)–but really, at this point it’s obvious what needs to be done. Find. Yourself. Another. Browser.

Here’s looking forward to the next browser market share report….

[Image credit: Bill Navarro]

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik