Microsoft are rushing to release patches for recently a discovered issue in its Web Browser Internet Explorer. The vulnerability described in this article affects versions 6-10.
The problem, which affects hundreds of millions of IE browser users is being used by attackers to install the Poison Ivy trojan. This gives attackers complete remote control of Windows computers. These compromised machines are often used as part of botnets to mount attacks on corporate and government targets.
Zero-day vulnerabilities like this one are rare but often allow huge amounts of computers to be compromised before the vendors can roll out a fix.
For now it is advised to use another web browser until a fix is released.
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