Computers Vulnerable to Attack
When it comes to information security, companies must constantly remain vigilant against attacks from criminal computer hackers. Of late, the Internet Explorer data breach has been causing significant trouble.
In some cases, anti-malware software designed to protect against intrusions may not suffice because of so-called “zero-day” threats, or viruses and other malware that are released before anti-malware firms can address the security threat and come up with a fix.
The importance of staying on top of such threats is underscored by the recent Internet Explorer data breach threat that takes advantage of a previously unknown scripting vulnerability in the browser.
Examples of Malware Threats
Businesses must be diligent about computer security and the potential for malware to infiltrate secure systems that contain sensitive information (like client financial data). Problems with malware include:
- Criminal secretly installs a keystroke logger that captures your secret passwords and sends them to crackers so they can steal your identity
- Cracker takes over your email account and sends spam messages to everyone in your contacts list
- Virus copies and steals your company’s confidential information, jeopardizing clients and customers
Protection from the Internet Explorer Data Breach
The Microsoft Internet Explorer data breach problem stems from a vulnerability where attackers can penetrate your computer when all you have done is load a webpage with booby-trapped material. That’s according to a recent post at Sophos.
Your system can be compromised even if you haven’t clicked on a suspicious attachment or a tried to download a potentially dodgy file. The attack is known as remote code execution. Just looking at a picture can result in an RCE tricking your computer into launching harmful code.
The Sophos report provides some helpful tips on how you can safeguard your computers against this type of threat by disabling Active Scripting in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser.
It’s not always easy to keep up with the criminals who are bent on invading our computer systems and stealing valuable, confidential data. Whenever possible, organizations should designate someone on staff to keep on top of security issues so they can address malware and data breaches as soon as possible. That also includes shredding electronic media when they’ve reached end of life.
Were you affected by the Internet Explorer data breach?