Internet Explorer users warned of malware attack

Photo of a combination lock around computer cablesMonday’s Internet Explorer zero day exploit uses a weakness in Flash to give an attacker the ability to install malware on a computer without the user’s knowledge or permission. The exploit is seen running against IE 9, 10 and 11, but is also known to exist as far back as IE 6.

At present, Microsoft has not issued a fix, so the recommended advice at this time is to stop using Internet Explorer and try a different browser instead. Even in cases where browsers like Chrome or Firefox are not officially supported, most functions work correctly in most software.

As a reminder, running unsupported browsers or operating systems (Windows XP or IE 6, for example) is a bad practice and contrary to the security policies of the university.

For more information, call (815) 753-8100 or email helpdesk@niu.edu.

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