McAfee says Google China attacks exploited a flaw in IE browser

Posted: January 17, 2010 in Tech

McAfee discovered that one of the malware samples involved in Google China attack exploits a new, not publicly known vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer.

McAfee said that Operation Aurora, the attack that hit Google and multiple companies was the result of a new, “not publicly known” vulnerability found in Microsoft’s web browser, Internet Explorer. McAfee said that it has informed Microsoft with its findings, and that Microsoft is expected to publish an advisory on the matter soon.

McAfee reported that the criminals who engineered the attacks persuaded employees of the companies to click on a link to a website that secretly downloaded sophisticated malicious software onto their PCs.

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