Chinese Hackers Infect Millions – Microsoft Says Abandon Internet Explorer For Now

December 16, 2008

US (ChattahBox) – After a major hack of Internet Explorer, Microsoft officials are urging customers to use competitive browsers to surf the net.

The popular Internet Explorer browser is no longer safe after Chinese hackers were able to exploit a security flaw in the newest IE version to infect millions of computers globally. Officials for Microsoft say they are doing their best to resolve the situation, but that in the meantime Internet Explorer should not be used for browsing the net.

Instead, they are that users switch to their free browser competitors, like Firefox, Safari, or Opera, a surprising request given their attitude towards these programs in the past.

So far the security hack is being used to specifically target online gamers, stealing passwords to popular MMORPG’s and other gaming sites to be sold on the black market to other obsessive players. It is estimated that they hackers could make up to $4,500 on these passwords, a limited profit for most black market transactions.

However, officials warn that this hack could be given or exploited by larger (and probably older) criminal organizations and individuals to use on credit cards, bank accounts, and online fund transfers.

The official percentage of the infection is actually fairly low, considering millions have been effected, but with such a wide customer base, Microsoft fears further infection, and is begging users to stick with the other guys until all is once again safe on the World Wide Web.

There is no word on the identity of the hackers.


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