Apr 30, 2014
Texoma Community Credit Union takes numerous precautions to keep your account safe and secure. The recent cyber attack on Internet Explorer may compromise user information on non-Texoma sites. Click here for some safety tips to keep in mind when using the internet. Also, remember to lock your mobile device when you aren’t using it.
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(News Story Courtesy WNEP.com, April 28)
If you’re using Internet Explorer and click on the wrong link, a hacker could hijack your computer.
Microsoft is racing to address a weakness in its popular Web browser that security experts at FireEye revealed over the weekend. The researchers discovered that hackers have exploited the bug and created a new type of attack.
This is how it works: Hackers set up a website that installs malware when you visit it. If you’re duped into visiting the website while using the Internet Explorer program, malware seeps into your computer and gives a stranger total control. You might not even notice.
“I’d say someone taking control of your computer is just the beginning of the worst case scenario,” said Adrian Sanabria, a security expert with 451research.com. “Because then they steal your info, get access to your email, etc.”
That’s where the real danger lies. Anyone in control of your computer can spy on everything you do. If it’s a PC at work, hackers can reach into anything an employee has access to.
While Microsoft works on patching the bug, its engineers suggest running your browser in “Enhanced Protect Mode.” But computer experts say that will likely ruin your online experience.
That’s why the easiest solution is to just ditch Internet Explorer and use another browser, said Marius Buterchi with antivirus software maker Bitdefender. This attack doesn’t affect other Web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox or Apple Safari.
This type of attack is particularly nasty, because it affects every version of the Web browser from IE6 through IE11. That’s more than half of the browsers in use right now, according to Web analytics site NetMarketShare.
It’s not the first time hackers use add-ons like Flash to assault computers. But this hack, first publicly disclosed by FireEye in a blog post Saturday, was described as a “zero-day.” That means that the attack is a unique, never-before-seen technique — a particularly dangerous vulnerability, since it hasn’t yet been patched.