McAfee: IE Security Flaw to Blame for Attack on Google and Others

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Remember those cyber attacks on several companies which somehow led to Google refusing to continue censoring searches in China? According to antivirus maker McAfee, Internet Explorer security flaws are one of the key culprits for what's now called "Operation Aurora."

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Such a beautiful name for such an ugly mess. McAfee is speculating about the precise ways the attacks were pulled off, but they're certain that the IE security flaws played a major role along with some "sophisticated social engineering scenarios." Guess it's time for some better-late-than-never patching and spot-the-scam re-training. [McAfee]

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ugly mess? There's nothing ugly in the fight for freedom of speech and this is the first time I can say that I'm proud that IE can do something good through their screw up.