Just in case you were looking for a reason to finally switch to an open source web browser, it turns out that a(nother) major security vulnerability has been found in Microsoft Internet Explorer. From the BBC:
As many as 10,000 websites have been compromised since the vulnerability was discovered, he said.
“What we’ve seen from the exploit so far is it stealing game passwords, but it’s inevitable that it will be adapted by criminals,” he said. “It’s just a question of modifying the payload the trojan installs.”
But Microsoft counseled against taking such action.
Recently, an acquaintance of mine was asking me some odd questions about packet sniffers and how they could be used. I prodded a bit and asked why he wanted to know and he said that his password to an online game site had been stolen. He had absolutely no idea how it could have happened and was grasping at some unlikely explanations. Looks like he’s got his answer now – a hopefully a new browser, too.