BBC News - Microsoft admits Explorer used in Google China hack
Microsoft has admitted that its Internet Explorer was a weak link in the recent attacks on Google's systems that originated in China.
The firm said in a blog post on Thursday that a vulnerability in the browser could allow hackers to remotely run programs on infected machines.
Following the attack, Google threatened to end its operations in China.
Microsoft has released preliminary guidance to mitigate the problem and is working on a formal software update.
So far, Microsoft "has not seen widespread customer impact, rather only targeted and limited attacks exploiting Internet Explorer 6".
"Based upon our investigations, we have determined that Internet Explorer was one of the vectors used in targeted and sophisticated attacks against Google and possibly other corporate networks," said Microsoft's director of security response Mike Reavey in the post.
Again the need to somehow kill IE 6. The reality is IE 6 like Windows XP is just here and is everywhere.