There are still many Internet Explorer users, and they are becoming a “bait” for hackers

Tram Ho

But when Microsoft stopped supporting its notorious Internet Explorer browser, no one would use it anymore. However, a recent report shows that the browser still has about 1% market share in the Asian market because this is the default browser of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 operating systems. But this could open the door for hackers to attack users.

According to updated data from Kaspersky Security Network – KSN, an attack kit called “Magnitude EK” has been developed by malware to exploit security holes in outdated software or browsers such as Internet Explorer. , and it currently infects users in South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

Vẫn còn không ít người dùng Internet Explorer, và họ đang trở thành miếng mồi ngon cho các tin tặc - Ảnh 1.

Magnitude EK proactive attacks in 2019-2020, according to Kaspersky

Magnitude EK is one of the longest-standing malware exploits. It has been offered on the underworld forums since 2013 and then became a set of malware exploits. In addition to changing hackers, the attack kit exploits this vulnerability to change the focus to distribute ransomware to users in APAC countries (Asia – Pacific) via malicious ads . ” Mr. Boris Larin, security research expert of Kaspersky shared.

Not only spreading through malicious files as usual, hackers also take advantage of online advertising to spread malicious programs. Hackers can embed a special script in the banner ad or attach a link to take users to a malicious website.

Although large ad networks have filters to prevent this, hackers have developed special methods to bypass them and put malicious code into reliable websites. In some cases, users who do not even need to click on a malicious ad have been infected with the malware.

“Last month, there were still a small percentage of online users in the APAC region who conducted browsing through Internet Explorer because it was still the default web browser on Windows 7/8 / 8.1. The use of outdated software that does not receive updates and patches of software vulnerabilities means “spreading arms to welcome hackers .” Said Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director of Kaspersky Asia Pacific said.

Therefore, users and businesses are always advised to use the latest updated software and operating systems, to ensure safety from online threats. Also pay special attention to the website you are visiting, do not visit suspicious websites and avoid clicking on random ads.

Be wary of email attachments, including emails sent by people you know. Also, pay attention to the end of the downloaded file, if it’s an exe file instead of a document file, don’t open it.

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Source : Genk