January 5, 2012
All versions of Internet Explorer, starting with IE 6 and finishing with IE 10, are vulnerable to an exploit that allows spying users to track every mouse movement. Using this method it is theoretically possible to find the PIN code used for your credit card, if it is typed using a virtual keyboard or keypad. Check out this quick demonstration video.
While some IT security specialists recommend entering the identification data of the credit card using a keypad displayed on the screen in order to avoid any keylogger-type of programs that are monitoring the keyboard, choosing this method was proven to be even more risky. Using a specially designed exploit, hackers can find out what keys the user pressed following the trajectory of the cursor on the screen sent by Internet Explorer without having to infiltrate a special program on the computer.
Although the new IE vulnerability was discovered in October and confirmed by representatives of Microsoft Security Research Centre, they made it clear that there are no immediate plans to fix it.
According to the some sources, several companies specializing in web analytics are already using this exploit in order to evaluate user behavior while browsing various websites.
Even worse is the fact that mouse movements can be tracked even if the tab infected is not selected, or the Internet Explorer window is minimized in the taskbar. Therefore, data entered via a virtual keypad of another legitimate website can also be tracked, the only condition being to have an infected browser tab open already. However, to obtain useful information from such an attack, hackers need to know beforehand the website or the application used by the user, where it is positioned on the screen and how that website is structured.
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Yeah I'm the same as DMorvick, I use Firefox with a bunch of add-ons. I really like it. I've tried most browsers, and always default to this. Keeps my comp clean too. I also grab Spybot - Search & Destroy it's a freeware program that can immunize your browser, clean up spyware and protect you with TeaTimer.
Firefox add-ons I use:
I also used to use PrivacySuite but I don't like their latest version, it always asks "Do you want Abine to manage this account for "website"? Yes No Never for this site. I can't stand it and wish I could disable it but I have no idea how. Abine has some great Addons such as DoNotTrackMe and TACO. These all do the same thing and are from the same company, you can't use more than 1 of these at a time. I suggest DoNotTrackMe but try them out and use your own preference.
I don't use NoScript simply because I find it doesn't allow me to go to sites or use links that I want to or load things on the page that I need. I'm probably just not using it right and need to change the configuration, but I have no idea how. However this is also a very popular security addon.
Also good to have an Anti-virus, freeware or paid, as long as you have one.
Avast has a silent mode, in other words, a mode for gaming!
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