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Hackers attack new IE7 flaw

Malicious Javascript code compromises PCs

Hackers are targeting a vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) running on Windows XP Service Pack 2.

Malicious JavaScript code, which exploits a bug in the way IE handles Extensible Markup Language (XML), is served to those surfing the web. The code drops a malicious program onto the victim's PC, which then goes on to download malicious software from various locations.

It works on the browser about "one in three times" said Wayne Huang, CEO of security vendor Armorize Technologies.

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Security researcher Knownsec made the flaw public in a Chinese forum earlier this week. Huang said now that the bug has been publicly disclosed, he expects attacks based on the flaw to become much more widespread.

See also: The 8 most dangerous Windows vulnerabilities

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