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BugBlog Report 12/4/05: IE, Mozilla, The Feds

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Here are some of the most significant bugs from the past week in the BugBlog.

An Israeli hacker has published an example of how Internet Explorer users who also have the Google Desktop running are vulnerable to a phishing attack. If you visit a malicious website, they may be able to steal things like passwords or credit card numbers that users have stored on their harddrive. It does not affect users of other browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox or Opera, who use the Google Desktop. Turning off Javascript (Active Scripting) in IE should stop the possibility of attack. PC World has more.

Bad programming on a government web site is allowing a phishing scheme to look more legitimate than it really is. If you receive an email that says it is from the IRS, and click on a link, you will be passed through the govbenefits.gov website and then sent to the fraudulent site, where they try to get your Social Security and tax return data. Be wary about any email that says it is sending you to govbenefits.gov, which is an amalgamation of different government agencies trying to ease access to e-government.

With an unpatched bug in Microsoft Internet Explorer now being called “worse than expected”, now is a good time to note that Mozilla Firefox 1.5 is going to be released today. The final version of the release notes have not been posted yet, but the BugBlog will post the list of fixes, incompatibilities and remaining bugs as soon as they are released. Get Firefox at http://www.mozilla.com/firefox.

See the BugBlog for continuing coverage of bugs and other things that go wrong with your computer.

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