FBI sends out cyber-security warning


by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News and photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK


Posted on May 10, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 6:20 PM

AUSTIN -- There's a warning for those who use Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 browser. The FBI says you may be leaving yourself open to hackers.

At Computer Nerdz, Brad Amison and his coworkers are used to helping customers solve computer problems. They've heard about the FBI's latest cyber-security warning.

“It mostly involves the people who still use Windows XP as their operating system,” Amison said.

A vulnerability in Internet Explorer 8 can leave personal computers, businesses, and even the government open to hackers, who can take over a computer  and all its information.

“They can change data. They can do other things with changing your system,” Amison said. “Losing records like IRS records, all of that information can be compromised, deleted, just wiped away.”

“You just have to be careful about what links you click on, especially through emails,” said Jarrod Wise, a spokesman for the Better Business Bureau.

Wise says Microsoft is offering a temporary security patch that should keep hackers out, but he hopes people take extra precautions just in case.

“There's not a permanent fix right now, so here at Better Business Bureau, we're urging customers to try and use a different Web browser if they can,” Wise said.

The Computer Nerdz have some advice for Microsoft Windows 8 users as well.

“Update the operating system and definitely update the browser,” Amison said.

It's also a good idea to make sure your anti-virus software is up to date.

Internet Explorer 8 is usually found on older computers and those that haven't been updated recently.

If you're not sure what version of Microsoft you have, try running the fix. If you don't need it, the program will tell you your system isn't at risk.