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Uh-oh: Internet Explorer vulnerability allows hackers track mouse movements

IE exploit allows your mouse position to be tracked, could open up keyloggers for virtual keyboards
By: Trace Hagan | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Dec 13, 2012 12:03 am

Oops, it looks like Microsoft's security may not be quite as good as every seems to think it is today. While it is massively better than it used to be, a new vulnerability that has just been discovered in Internet Explorer allows hackers to track your mouse movements across the screen, possibly allowing them to record what you enter on a virtual keyboard.




No longer will you be safe from keyloggers, nor advertising companies, apparently. discovered the vulnerability in Internet Explorer versions 6 to 10 and told Microsoft about it back in October, though they have now gone public with the information. Microsoft recognizes the problem, but has said there are no current plans to fix it.


Apparently web analytic companies are making use of the vulnerability to track mouse movements. The movements can be tracked, even when the IE tab is minimized. This is just another reason to not use Internet Explorer, especially considering that Microsoft knows about the vulnerability and isn't planning on fixing it right now.



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