This is a surprise. Well, not really a surprise but apparently, the hackers rumoured to have been Chinese officials exploited a flaw in Microsoft Explorer’s McAfee to access to Google. This previously unknown flaw was reported by McAfee who said ‘criminals who engineered the attacks persuaded employees of the companies to click on a link to a website that secretly downloaded sophisticated malicious software onto their PCs.’
Dmitri Alperovitch, a vice president of research with McAfee admitted, “We have never seen attacks of this sophistication in the commercial space. We have previously only seen them in the government space.”
He continued, ”The programs allowed the hackers to take control of the PCs without the knowledge of their users”.
Microsoft hasn’t yet fixed the error but hopefully they are soon on their way to doing so. As we reported yesterday, McAfee has recently signed with Facebook to provide $7.5 billion worth of computer anti-virus software as their official virus protectors for a year.
If you are wondering about whether the security of your computer is safe in your computer software’s hands, be not alarmed. Computer technicians we spoke with remarked that there are a number of good anti-virus and anti-spyware programs but NOTHING guarantees your computer safety because of new viruses are constantly becoming more creative and sophisticated as was the attack that originated from China, as the years go by.
Try not to click on anything suspicious though.