Microsoft Announces New Internet Explorer Vulnerability

Date: April 28, 2014

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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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