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Microsoft warns of serious Internet Explorer flaw

Microsoft is warning people about a vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser that could let hackers gain access and user rights.


The flaw affects Internet Explorer (IE) versions 6 to 11 and Microsoft said “limited, targeted attacks" are already occurring but that it has not yet issued a fix.

According to NetMarket Share, the IE versions account for more than 50% of global browser market.

Microsoft also said, "An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights".

Use an alternative browser

The US government have advised computer users to consider using alternative web browsers until a security fix is released. If you want to use some free alternatives - use the links to download, Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Although there is currently no fix for this problem, Microsoft is taking appropriate action to protect its customers, which might include issuing a security patch, either through its monthly security update release process or as a one-off update.

For further information please visit the BBC website.

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