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Hackers used the Internet Explorer bug in coordinated attacks

Hackers used the Internet Explorer bug in coordinated attacks

This week, I've been keeping you up to date with the latest on the Internet Explorer security hole that could allow hackers and scammers to take over your computer. 

Microsoft has since released a patch, and it even issued a patch for Windows XP.

The bug, known as Clandestine Fox, is quickly becoming even scarier. It turns out they aren't just taking over personal computers, but the computers of government agencies, defense contractors, energy companies and more.

An attack like Clandestine Fox is of the more serious variety -- a cyber reconnaissance mission by a foreign government that reveals weaknesses in industries crucial to the United States' economy, defenses and power. It targeted power plants, banks, government agencies and military technology, which is essentially a precursor for war, said David Kennedy, CEO of security consulting firm TrustedSec.

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"They're going after the core critical infrastructure of the United States, so in the event of a war, they can take it down," Kennedy said. "The scary part is that the financial sector and energy are extremely vulnerable."

Source: CNN Money

 

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