Even though the world shies away from the (in)famous Internet Explorer, hackers have time and again proved their fondness for the browser as the IE has been subject to multiple exploits & attacks by the hackers in recent past. The fact that the user base of IE weighs over half of the total user base makes this a browser of choice for hackers to exploit.
Termed as “Operation Clandestine Fox”, this new zero-day threat compromises almost all usable versions of IE(to be precise – versions 6 through 11) making the browser vulnerable to hackers’ attack. According to a report from FireEye, the exploitation mostly occurs on the versions 9 to 11 as most modern systems ships with wither of those versions. This makes up for 26% of the total user base who use internet. But there are still people out there who cannot just let go of their precious old system which runs ancient versions of Windows OS which contains the now obsolete versions of IE namely IE 6,7 and 8. Adding those systems in to account makes the total number of affected users to a whopping 56%.Every version of IE vulnerable to attack
The Vulnerability enables the hackers to gain control of your system and lets them access and manipulate the data which is quite alarming considering the fact that almost 10% of all government systems still run Windows XP and perfectly vulnerable to this attack. Microsoft has addressed the issue in a security advisory post and says “it is working on a patch” to fix the issue.
We at The Westside Story understand the loyalty of IE users who will not shy away for any reason from using the browser, even if it means losing all their data. Hence we strongly suggest them to download Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit version 4.1 from Microsoft until the patch is released. Also running the browser in enhanced mode and disabling any flash plugin by Adobe will help improve your stance against the attack from hackers.