“Zero-Day” exploit affects IE users

Anyone who is using Internet Explorer (especially IE8 and IE9) needs to be aware of a “zero day” exploit that is “in the wild” and affecting users, downloading malicious code to their machines automatically.

The episode has prompted the first Microsoft emergency fix-it patch for many months.

Along with the patch, there are also several pieces of advice or settings that users should user as a matter of course to protect themselves against the rising tide of hackers and exploits.  These include things like not using a user account on your PC with Administrator rights for day-to-day activities and ensuring that you have an up to date virus scanner installed.

There are many articles on the subject out there, including http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24142934.