リン先生 英文記事紹介 No.40
Hackers have attacked the government agencies, defense contractors, energy companies and banks by exploiting the software flaw in Internet Explorer. That's according to FireEye (FEYE), the cybersecurity firm that revealed the software flaw last week. The company discovered that hackers took advantage of a bug in the Internet Explorer Web browser to secretly take control of computers. Microsoft has issued a fix, but FireEye's announcement on Thursday showed there are already victims. FireEye also spotted that hackers are now specifically targeting older computers running on the outdated Windows XP operating system and those using the Internet Explorer 8 version of the browser. Among those still using Windows XP are the Defense Department, the IRS, and bank ATMs. That's a problem, because Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) has taken its 12-year-old operating system off life-support, ceasing security updates (although it did, in this case, apply an update to Windows XP). FireEye wouldn't say who is launching the attack, but offensives of this nature are typically conducted by foreign governments. In the past, cybersecurity firms have pointed to China and Iran.
Everyone should be careful about programs and applications being downloaded on their computers. No matter how tech savvy you are, you are still risk of getting a virus and much worst, be hacked. Recently, the United States was in code red for this issue. It targeted the main industries for war. The hacker could go through important files and will be useful for them. In my own opinion, the people behind this could be the United States' opponent. Nowadays, war between countries is not just about guns, bombs and the military. Any one can virtually go through someone's computer to access essential files and will be used against their enemy.