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Microsoft rushes to fix Internet Explorer bug

Computer firm Microsoft is hurrying to fix a bug with the Internet Explorer browser after it emerged that hackers have already exploited the glitch with attacks on US companies.

Computer giant Microsoft is working to fix a bug with its Internet Explorer browser. Credit: DPA DEUTSCHE PRESS-AGENTUR/DPA/Press Association Images

Microsoft said the bug could allow hackers to take over a computer, install malicious programmes and create user accounts.

Cybersecurity firm FireEye said so far there had been "targeted attacks seemingly against U.S.-based firms, currently tied to defence and financial sectors".


Murdoch: 'Chinese still hacking us'

News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has suggested hackers are "still" trying to gain access to his companies' servers.

News Corp's Wall Street Journal and the independently-owned New York Times revealed in recent days that their networks were penetrated at the weekend, potentially by China-based hackers.