Zero Day Attacks an Ongoing Menace
Zero-day exploits -- the most difficult hack attacks to defend against -- are on the rise, according to the SANS Institute, a security research organization.
Internet Explorer users continue to be subjected to zero-day attacks when they visit Web sites that are set up to exploit vulnerabilities in IE that Microsoft hasn't yet patched, SANS warned in an update to its annual "Top 20 Internet Security Vulnerabilities" report.
A zero-day vulnerability is a brand new security flaw that a software vendor is either unaware of or is anxiously attempting to fix. An attacker who manages to develop a method to exploit such a flaw has a potent covert weapon, one that networks and IT staff cannot easily defend against. Zero-Day Attacks an Ongoing Menace
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