By now you probably have heard about the “Google Hack”. If not, here’s a recap. Earlier in the week, Google announced on their blog that they were hacked in November (along with other companies in the Financial, Technology, and utility sectors). They posted that the hacking came from China, and in their case was limited to the Gmail accounts of Chinese bloggers and Chinese activists.
Google also announced that due to this attack, along with their feelings on censorship and freedom, they are no longer going to censor results in China—in other words, no more Google in China.
A lot of speculations where floating around about how the hackers were able to get the information. People were blaming Adobe (because of the flaws in their products). Well, it turns out that it’s Internet Explorer that’s being exploited.
This article goes into detail about how to limit your chances of being hacked through this vulnerability, and is especially important because the exploit is being “sold” in Hacking tookits.
One idea that wasn’t mentioned is using Firefox or Chrome to surf the web. Also, if you’re running Vista or Windows 7, you need to have UAC enabled (as much as it sucks in Vista). If you’re running XP or 2000 then you need to have a Non-Administrator account, and be using that for your daily actions. Only use your “Computer Administrator” or “Administrator” accounts when YOU are intentionally installing something.
You NEED to read the linked blog post, as the author goes into great detail about how to check to see if you’re protected, and enable it if not.
Have a great day:)