Microsoft's browser flaw exposed Google to hackers

Jan 15, 2010
Internet Explorer logo

(AP) -- Microsoft says a security flaw in its Internet Explorer browser played a role in the recent computer attacks against Google and at least 20 other companies.

In a Thursday alert confirming the weakness, Microsoft said the hole can be closed by setting browser's Internet security zone to "high." The world's largest software maker may also issue an update to fix the problem.

pinpointed the trouble spot after Google announced earlier this week that hackers in China had pried into the e-mail accounts of human rights activists opposing the Chinese government's policies.

The attack outraged . It plans to leave China unless the government backs off rules requiring Google's Chinese search engine to censor some results.

Explore further: Young Indians embrace dating apps despite social taboos


Related Stories

Microsoft, HP fail to back Google's China move: FT

Jan 14, 2010

The chief executives of Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard have declined to back Google's threat to pull out of China over censorship and cyberattacks, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

Amnesty: Web Companies Violating Rights

Jul 20, 2006

(AP) -- Amnesty International accused Yahoo, Microsoft and Google on Thursday of violating human rights principles by cooperating with China's efforts to censor the Web and called on them to lobby for the release of jailed ...

Recommended for you

Vehicle fuel economy down, emissions up

45 minutes ago

Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. slipped last month, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

A bridge to better batteries

48 minutes ago

A major automaker came to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently wanting to better understand battery degradation. After many months of intense collaborative research with a Berkeley Lab battery scientist, ...

User comments : 10

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

4.3 / 5 (3) Jan 15, 2010
How shitty is that the commies peered into the very private email accounts of those fighting for freedom, with the possibility of far-reaching terrible outcome to those who were spied on.

But on the other hand it was to be expected. Of course the commies would look at those accounts if they go a chance to...

F_ _ _ intel and microsoft for not following suit!
5 / 5 (3) Jan 15, 2010
Its also disgusting t hat Obama and Harper took a passive stance on human rights issues during their last visit to china.
5 / 5 (3) Jan 15, 2010
Can we just block all of China from US systems? The military already has huge problems with foreign hackers, primarily Chinese. Perhaps it's time for the era of easy American life via cheap Chinese products to come to an end.

I'm sure 99.999% of China's population are great people but if the community as a whole isn't willing to discourage computer hacking, I'm not willing to accept that community as being good members of society
not rated yet Jan 15, 2010
They have been doing this for quite a while now.

3.3 / 5 (3) Jan 15, 2010
NotAsleep: Want to count how many products (down to the keyboard you typed your message on, most likely) are made by China? They are going to be the new super-power wether the rest of the world likes it or not. China makes most of your (US) way of life possible, from sneakers to television sets.

Are americans (and most of the western world for that matter) willing to work 12 hour shifts in crappy conditions to produce price-competitive merchandise? Doubtful. So there you go.

Noone will be telling China what to do for a long while now. It might be that China starts telling others what to do soon.
4.7 / 5 (3) Jan 15, 2010
^Perhaps our (USA) standard of living is too high. In the long run, it might do us some good to go without all of the cheaply made Chinese products to help us re-learn the difference - something which I think MOST Americans lack - between what we WANT and what we actually NEED.
2 / 5 (2) Jan 15, 2010
^ Good luck convincing the western world that less is more. HAH!
not rated yet Jan 15, 2010
Browser flaw?

When billions of dollars are at stake and the chance for primacy in China, than you can bet your bottom dollar that the odds of it being accidental are pretty darned low.

Circumstantial evidence says: motive and opportunity are all in place.
1 / 5 (1) Jan 16, 2010
Lots of black-white thinking to be observed here.
not rated yet Jan 17, 2010
Even the chinese can find IE exploit (and they didn't even cover their tracks)! --If this hacking didn't happen, then 'others' can continue using this exploit, albeit secretively.

This is a good news, actually...

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.