01 Feb 2011

Microsoft warns Windows users of major security flaw

Microsoft recently issued a data security warning to all Windows users alerting them to a critical flaw.

According to the company, Windows browsers contain a vulnerability that can be exploited by hackers to steal personal information.

As of right now, there is no permanent solution, but Microsoft urges users to download a security patch to combat the problem. Although, there have been no reports of anyone exploiting Windows users, the company has warned that clicking a malicious link can cause the entire computer to become infected.

"The malicious script would run on the user's computer for the rest of the current Internet Explorer session," said Microsoft spokeswoman Angela Gunn. "Such a script might collect user information [e.g. email], spoof content displayed in the browser, or otherwise interfere with the user's experience."

The vulnerability affects all versions of the Windows operating system, which account for 900 million users worldwide. Other web browsers are not in danger of the flaw because unlike Internet Explorer, other browsers do not support MHTML files, where the problem lies.