Microsoft has announced that all current versions of Internet Explorer are currently at risk of being hacked due to a flaw in the programme.

It is now known that the web browser, used by 900 million people across the globe, requires a software patch in order to defend against attack while Microsoft prepares a longer term fix, a massive security slip up by the firm.

A security advisory announcement was made on Friday highlighting scripting vulnerabilities affecting all versions of Windows.

It is not however thought that there has been any breaches of security so far: “The main impact of the vulnerability is unintended information disclosure,” said Angela Gunn, a Microsoft representative.

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  1. jescott418 says:

    More about scare tactics from security firms then anything else. Probably a good time to try out Chrome or Firefox if you have not already done so.

  2. Bob says:

    I don’t know why, but I can’t remember what the story was about.

  3. Arne Jensen says:

    Microsoft sucks – always!

  4. TooManyPuppies says:

    Those are some of the nicest bugs I’ve seen all week….

    Wait What?

  5. David says:

    Whaa!? People still use Internet Explorer? Is it really that difficult to download another browser?

  6. birddog says:

    Internet Explorer, I cant believe people still use windows.

  7. Floyd says:

    Birddog: Many of us use Windows, we just don’t use Internet Explorer. Instead, it’s Firefox…

    No I don’t use Linux–it won’t run a lot of software Windows can run just fine.

  8. mkinc says:

    Yeah- the information that is leaking is Google seeing that Bing is using Google search results.

  9. foobar says:

    What’s “Internet Explorer”? Is it a cheap rip off of Chrome or Opera?

  10. The Wrong Guy says:

    #9: It’s something people use who don’t know there are better options out there. It’s also for those who work at companies whose IT departments insist on forcing the employees to use inferior tools and don’t even want to upgrade to the latest versions, much less install non-approved programs that would actually make my work easier and not make me want to torture someone with a rust chainsaw dipped in acid and…

    Ah… ahem. Where was I?

  11. raddad says:

    Switched to Ubuntu and Firefox almost a year ago with dual booting into XP for the few peripherals that don’t have Linux drivers. I can’t remember the last time I launched Internet Explorer.

  12. SpeedBump says:

    i love this error when you go to microsoft’s partner site

    Problem Encountered
    Microsoft Internet Explorer is the preferred browser for the Partner Membership Center. Supported versions are available at our product site. Our site is not optimized for the browser you are using. You may experience rendering issues if you proceed to the requested page

  13. msbpodcast says:


    Nobody but a nu-be or a corporate minion uses IE.

    Nothing to see here.

  14. hhopper says:

    SpeedBump: I just went there with Firefox and got the normal sign-up screen.

  15. Uncle Patso says:

    This reminds me of a familiar scene involving the so-called “Scooby Gang” on the old Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series.

    Mr. Giles, giving the set-up exposition, describes the problem as “It’s the End Of The World.”

    Scooby Gang (in unison):”AGAIN?”

  16. Mextli says:

    “..all current versions of Internet Explorer are currently at risk of being hacked due to a flaw in the programme.”

    Who trusts a publication that can’t spell program?

  17. stevn says:

    I’ve got a vendor that encourages orders be placed online, with the incentive of discounts up to 10%. Their site will not recognise anything other than IE. Curiously, the initials of the multinational corporation that shall remain unnamed is GD.

  18. deowll says:

    I have three browsers installed for just such emergencies. I change browsers as the need arises.

  19. SpeedBump says:

    #14 HHopper you have to log in then you get the error sorry 🙁

  20. gildersleeve says:

    Wow, is it almost Patch Tuesday already? Time flies…

  21. sargasso_c says:

    I for one, hope that is a photo of Bill’s secretary.

  22. Glenn E. says:

    What really bugs me about IE, is that there are STILL websites (some Microsoft sites included) that only work when a IE browser is interfacing them. And one of them I frequent, keeps telling me that my Firefox browser isn’t up-to-date enough, to properly work there. But IE6 always works there. And no Firefox version I tried has. So I always have to use the IE Tab add-on, of FF, to trick it. Some sites are specifically designed to refuse to load, if an IE header isn’t detected. But after fooling it with IE Tab, you can switch rendering right back to standard FF. And all is fine. Why? Why, why, why?! Is there some secret financial incentive, to program websites this way?

  23. Dallas says:

    IE is so irrelevant that a bimbo NEEDS to be displayed to get any story attention.

  24. Special Ed says:

    Aw come on Dallas, you know you’d make soup out of her dirty underwear.

  25. Brett says:

    When did that chick in the photo break up with Firefox?

  26. Dallas says:

    #24 Sure, I’d do her … and her brother!

  27. Improbus says:

    Original photo:

    All things are improved by Photoshop. Found with TinEye Firefox plug-in.

  28. Rick says:

    People actually USE internet explorer? Okay, well thats interesting, odd, but interesting.


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