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Windows XP users at risk as Microsoft won't fix new Internet Explorer bug

Microsoft has warned Windows users about a new security vulnerability that affects all versions of Internet Explorer (version 6 to 11). Though the company will introduce a patch to fix the flaw, Wind

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Microsoft has warned Windows users about a new security vulnerability that affects all versions of Internet Explorer (version 6 to 11). Though the company will introduce a patch to fix the flaw, Windows XP users won’t receive any update and hence are vulnerable to attacks.

The vulnerability on IE could allow hackers to gain access to one’s computer and install programs or view and delete data. Cybersecurity software maker FireEye Inc, which informed Microsoft about the vulnerability, says a group of hackers are exploiting this bug in a campaign called “Operation Clandestine Fox”.

While users on the newer version of Windows will soon be getting an update which fixes the bug, the only option for Windows XP is to switch to other browsers like Chrome or Firefox. Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8. This is the first known security flaw since support ended and gives weight to experts claims that Windows XP is no longer secure, and it’s time to move on.

  • Published Date: April 28, 2014 12:33 PM IST
  • Updated Date: April 28, 2014 3:27 PM IST