Microsoft on Tuesday warned that hackers are targeting a freshly-uncovered
weakness in some earlier versions of its Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser
software.

Microsoft said it is investigating a hole that cyber attackers are taking
advantage of in IE 6 and IE 7.

"At this time, we are aware of targeted attacks attempting to use this
vulnerability," Microsoft said in an advisory posted along with a routine
release of patches for Windows and Office software.

"We will continue to monitor the threat environment and update this advisory
if this situation changes."

Hackers could use the flaw to remotely seize control of computers. The new IE
8 Web browser and an old IE 5 version are not affected, according to the US
software colossus.

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