Microsoft Warns Of Serious Computer Security Hole

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Microsoft Corp. has taken the rare step of warning about a serious security vulnerability it hasn't fixed yet.

The vulnerability disclosed Monday affects Internet Explorer users whose computers run the Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 operating software.

It can allow hackers to remotely take control of victims' machines. The victims don't need to do anything to get infected except visit a Web site that's been hacked.

Security experts say criminals have been attacking the vulnerability for nearly a week.

Microsoft says it's working on a "patch" -- a software fix. Until that's released, the company is urging vulnerable users to disable the problematic part of its software, which can be done from Microsoft's Web site.

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  • by Pete Rock Location: C/S on Aug 14, 2009 at 05:31 AM
    I am with you there KCCS. Where is the investigavtive reporting you're so famous for? Without the case number provided by other readers, all you have is another rumor. You cannot simply go to Microsoft.com and expect to see a bulletin.
  • by KC Computer Services Location: Pueblo, CO on Jul 7, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    A link would have been useful KKTV! Here is the page from Microsoft along with a fix: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972890 Let us know if any of you need help! kccsonline.com
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