Operation Aurora: Microsoft knew about Internet Explorer flaw for four months

On Thursday there were sighs of relief from all corners as Microsoft released a security patch for a vulnerability that had been exploited by hackers.

The patch fixed a critical zero-day vulnerability in versions of Internet Explorer that would have meant visiting a boobytrapped webpage could have infected your computer, opening a backdoor for remote hackers.

Nasty stuff, especially as it was being alleged that the security hole had been exploited by Chinese hackers who broke into the likes of Google and Adobe in an attack dubbed “Operation Aurora”.

Interestingly, details are now emerging that Microsoft was first told about the security hole early last September – a full four months before it hit the world’s headlines.

Read more in my article at Naked Security.

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