Microsoft Announces New Internet Explorer Vulnerability

Date: April 28, 2014

MS Internet Explorer Targeted By Hackers

Microsoft announced over the weekend that its popular Internet Explorer web browser contains a vulnerability that could allow hackers to remotely access a computer. The company said that it is aware of limited attacks on companies, particularly those in the financial and defense sector. The internet security firm FireEye discovered the vulnerability.

What This Means For Small Businesses:

Small businesses often don’t have the technical support resources of larger businesses, so they can be more vulnerable to software attacks. Following the revelations about the Heartbleed vulnerability, small businesses need to be increasingly concerned about data security, both for themselves and for their customers. While Microsoft is working on a full fix for the vulnerability, hackers are reputedly looking to move rapidly to take advantage before a full fix is in place.

Further Reading:

The Microsoft release is posted online, which includes steps to update software to limit the security hole. The Wall Street Journal and Reuters both reported on the problem.

This news article is intended to keep small business owners apprised of current events that may affect them. It does not necessarily reflect NFIB’s policy position on such issues.

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