Ruth Mitchell

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Internet Explorer security alert

A fault in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer could see online bank passwords at risk of being stolen by criminals.

Microsoft is currently investigating the flaw, which has previously been used to steal passwords for computer games.

Now security experts are warning that the flaw, if properly exploited, could result in Internet Explorer users becoming vulnerable to criminals seeking banking passwords.

Around 10,000 computers are estimated to already be affected.

“We are actively investigating the vulnerability that these attacks attempt to exploit,” Microsoft said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor the threat environment and update this advisory if this situation changes.”

It is considering an emergency software patch in addition to its monthly updates.

Security experts are warning until the problem is resolved users should shift to an alternative browser, such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Apple’s Safari. Previous versions of Internet Explorer are also believed to be affected.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .

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