Microsoft revealed Tuesday it was investigating a previously unknown security flaw affecting all versions of its Web browser, Internet Explorer.
Hackers have attempted to exploit the vulnerability in targeted attacks on users of versions 8 and 9 of the browser, the company reported in a security advisory.
"The vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user within Internet Explorer," the advisory says.
Choosing a difficult password might not be enough to protect our accounts in the future.
We are admittedly often lax when it comes to choosing difficult-to-guess passwords, and we forget to change them on a regular basis. Rather than trying to remember complex sets of words and numbers, a worryingly high number of us use very simple phrases to protect accounts ranging from email to social media and those used to access corporate systems.
In a survey last year, security software developer Splashdata found that the most common passwords used in 2012 included "qwerty," "12345678" and "Password1" -- phrases that wouldn't require a code breaker to guess. However, thanks to the updated password cracker ocl-Hashcat-plus, even more complex combinations are unlikely to protect targeted data.
The National Security Agency’s snooping practices may be costing American companies a lot of money. German publication Zeit Online has obtained leaked documents that purportedly show that IT experts within the German government believe that Windows 8 contains back doors that the NSA could use to remotely control any computers that have it installed.
The German officials specifically worry about how Windows 8 interacts with Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs) and are concerned that once Windows machines are paired with TPM 2.0 in 2015, they won’t be able to deactivate it on their machines if they don’t want it.
Microsoft's security researchers have discovered a pair of malware programs that help one another to avoid being detected by antivirus software.
Known as Vobfus and Beebone, the collaborating malware prove difficult to remove from infected machines as they work together, foiling the removal by regularly downloading updated versions of their respective partners.
Vobfus is a piece of Visual Basic malware that originally was found in September 2009 and is known as a program that downloads other code modules.