By Joris Evers, IDG News Service: September 21, 2004
Computer code that takes advantage of a flaw in the way many Microsoft (Profile, Products, Articles) Corp. applications process JPEG images has been published on the Internet and could be a precursor to actual attacks on vulnerable PCs, experts said.
The code was published late last week, only days after Microsoft on Tuesday revealed the "critical" vulnerability and made available patches to fix the problem. Any application that processes JPEG images could be vulnerable. A wide range of Microsoft software, including versions of its Windows and Office products, are vulnerable.
Net Attack Aimed at Banking Data
By Mike Musgrove, Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 30, 2004; Page E01
Computer security experts warned yesterday of another new Internet threat that can steal the passwords and account information of people who bank online -- the second such discovery in a week.
Please read for the whole story - it is important - but I will treasure this paragraph for awhile...
"CERT recommends that Internet Explorer users consider different browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Netscape Communicator or Opera. For people who continue to use Internet Explorer, CERT and Microsoft recommend setting the browser's security setting to "high."
I will also urge you all to take advantage of this chance to try out these other FREE browsers - post comments here if you need help whatever - but I know you'll be impressed.
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