Windows Vulnerability Found Exploiting The Retired Internet Explorer

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A Windows vulnerability has been discovered that allows hackers to gain remote access to victim's PCs, but it involves the Internet Explorer.

Microsoft has long begun sunsetting the old and much aligned Internet Explorer browser. Under normal circumstances, users with a PC running an up-to-date Windows version should not even be able to launch it. But recently a report has claimed that cybercriminals have managed to use its infamous lack of security to remotely take over computers.

Security company Check Point reports that the trick behind this is using specific HTML code hidden in a .url file that's disguised as a PDF file. This way, hackers can trick victims into running said file that forces itself to be opened by Internet Explorer, rather than any of the more modern - and secure - browsers. The silver lining is that anyone falling victim to this has between one and two chances to realise something is wrong before handing control over to the cybercriminal.

 

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