Users of Internet Explorer 8 at risk of 'water hole attack' - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Users of Internet Explorer 8 at risk of 'water hole attack,' urged to take security measures

Users of Internet Explorer 8 are at risk of what is known as a "watering hole" attack. Users of Internet Explorer 8 are at risk of what is known as a "watering hole" attack.
  • Cyber crimeMore>>

  • The Russians may have control of your computer router: What can you do?

    The Russians may have control of your computer router: What can you do?

    Friday, May 25 2018 5:54 PM EDT2018-05-25 21:54:58 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 6:03 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:03:44 GMT

    Russian hackers may have taken control of 500,000 routers around the globe.

    More >>

    Russian hackers may have taken control of 500,000 routers around the globe.

    More >>
  • FBI seeks to thwart major cyberattack on Ukraine

    FBI seeks to thwart major cyberattack on Ukraine

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:13 PM EDT2018-05-23 18:13:23 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 6:36 AM EDT2018-05-24 10:36:36 GMT
    Cisco says that a hundreds of thousands of routers have been compromised in preparation for what could be a major cyberattack against Ukraine.More >>
    Cisco says that a hundreds of thousands of routers have been compromised in preparation for what could be a major cyberattack against Ukraine.More >>
  • Facebook chief faces EU grilling over his 'digital monster'

    Facebook chief faces EU grilling over his 'digital monster'

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 5:52 AM EDT2018-05-22 09:52:37 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:06 AM EDT2018-05-24 07:06:57 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE- In this April 11, 2018 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. Tech moguls Bill Gates and Zuckerberg are teaming up to help develop new technologies for kids ...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE- In this April 11, 2018 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. Tech moguls Bill Gates and Zuckerberg are teaming up to help develop new technologies for kids ...

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces senior European Union lawmakers later Tuesday to answer questions about a scandal over the alleged misuse of the data of millions of Facebook users.

    More >>

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces senior European Union lawmakers later Tuesday to answer questions about a scandal over the alleged misuse of the data of millions of Facebook users.

    More >>

(RNN) - Users of Internet Explorer 8 could be at risk for a major cyber security threat unless they take steps to safeguard their browser.

Microsoft, which owns the Internet Explorer browser system, issued a security advisory that explained users of Internet Explorer 8 are at risk of a "remote code execution vulnerability."

"The vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user within Internet Explorer," Microsoft said on their website. "An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website."

According to The Hacker News, the attack is known as a "watering hole" attack and the website for the U.S. Department of Labor is just one of several high-profile web sites that have been corrupted.

The computer security news site also explained that in watering hole attacks, "victims are not affected directly. Rather, attackers compromise a trusted, third-party website that the intended targets are likely to visit, then launch a silent attack when they visit the site."

Microsoft explained further how this type of attack operates:

"In a web-based attack scenario, an attacker could host a website that contains a webpage that is used to exploit this vulnerability. In addition, compromised websites and websites that accept or host user-provided content or advertisements could contain specially crafted content that could exploit this vulnerability. In all cases, however, an attacker would have no way to force users to visit these websites. Instead, an attacker would have to convince users to visit the website, typically by getting them to click a link in an email message or Instant Messenger message that takes users to the attacker's website."

Only users of Internet Explorer 8 are at risk, according to Microsoft. Users of Internet Explorer 6, 7, 9, and 10 are safe.

Users of Internet Explorer 8 are urged to visit Microsoft's page that explains how to enable a security measure that is designed to prevent the attack.

The Hacker News said the attack may have begun in mid-March and there is evidence that it is the work of a China-based hacking group known as "DeepPanda."

Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly