(The Hosting News) – A security vulnerability discovered in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 has been used by cyber criminals to hack into a U.S. military veteran’s website under the name of “Operation SnowMan”, ReCode reports.
Discovered by computer security firm, FireEye, the “strategic Web compromise” targeted military personnel of the non-profit organization, Veterans of Foreign Wars, here hundreds of computers were reportedly infected.
According to iOL, the hackers inserted a link on the website that redirected users to a malicious website that contained a code in Adobe Systems Inc’s Flash software.
“A possible objective in the SnowMan attack is targeting military service members to steal military intelligence,” states a blog post from FireEye.
This attack on VFW is very similar to a attack that targeted organizations in Japan and a security firm, Bit9, a year ago, leading the firm to believe it is possible that these attacks were by the same group of hackers.
Microsoft spokesperson stated that they are aware of the attacks and are working to fix the issue.
“Microsoft is aware of targeted attacks against Internet Explorer, currently targeting customers using Internet Explorer 10. We are investigating and we will take action to help protect customers.”
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