Experts Anxious About Possible Web Attack
The Homeland Security Department announces it has detected
an increase in hackers scanning the Internet to find
vulnerable computers. Experts believe the increase in
activity could be a prelude to a broad Internet attack. The
department urges computer users to protect their machines
by installing a free patch offered by Microsoft.
According to CNN, the vulnerability affects almost all
computers running Microsoft’s Windows operating system
software. The flaw, involving so-called “buffer overflows,”
can fool software into accepting insecure commands that
could let intruders steal data, delete files or eavesdrop
The latest versions of Windows XP prompt users to install
the patch automatically, but those with older versions
should visit www.windowsupdate.com to get the download.
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