Microsft IE exposes Google Desktop to Hackers

IEOnce again, a critical flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Browser has put our privacy at the hands of Hackers. Techworld.com Reports that this time it’s not all of us who are in danger, just the millions of us who use Google’s popular Desktop Search Application.

According to Israeli hacker, Matan Gillon a flaw in the way Explorer processes web pages could give access to the desktop search engine and hence access to sensitive information with the right search string. He has posted a proof of concept exploit.

“Google Desktop users who use IE are currently completely exposed,” said Gillon. “An experienced attacker can covertly harvest their hard drives for sensitive information such as passwords and credit card numbers. Since Google also indexes e-mails which can be read in the web interface itself, it’s also possible to access them using this attack.”

It would seem that now is the time for Mozilla to launch their next generation advertising campaign and step in and save us again with their Internet browser (they just have to let everyone know they exist). You can get Mozilla’s Firefox v1.5 here.

But why should we just be saved from Microsoft’s bug ridden Internet Explorer? Why can’t we be spared from Microsoft’s Bug Ridden Operating Systems? If only Google would develop and release an Operating System, or we could all switch to Mac or perhaps skip paying anything for an OS and switch to Linux. Life would be so much easier :^)

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