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Security firm McAfee said today that the recent China-based attack on Google and other companies was the result of a new security hole in Internet Explorer. McAfee says the vulnerability is not publicly known, but they have informed Microsoft and expects them to take action soon. So a Microsoft product could be the indirect cause of Google pulling out of China. This must be Microsoft’s favorite software vulnerability ever.
McAfee’s George Kurtz wrote on the companies official blog, “These attacks will look like they come from a trusted source, leading the target to fall for the trap and clicking a link or file. That’s when the exploitation takes place, using the vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer." Kurtz was also careful to point out that they have only confirmed that Internet Explorer was a vector of attack; there could have been others.
Further, McAfee says they have cleared Adobe Reader of involvement in the attacks. This comes after several reports implicated the oft exploited software suite.