China Attackers Exploited Internet Explorer
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Chinese attackers who mounted attacks on Google were able to do so by exploiting vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s browser, Internet Explorer, according to new info from McAfee. Microsoft was supposed to release an advisory about the Internet Explorer hole but has not done so yet.
Initially security researchers thought that a vulnerability in Adobe Reader was the problem. Adobe denied this, and it turns out they were right–their software appears to have no security issues associated with this recent attack.
Google released information about the attacks on Tuesday. They were not the only US company to be attacked: Adobe, Yahoo, Symantec, Juniper Networks, Northrop Grumman, and Dow Chemical were also targeted.
Via CNET, image via Microsoft.