A security flaw in Internet Explorer is triggering messages in some users’ Gmail accounts that they may be the target of an attack from a nation-state.
The vulnerability in IE was revealed by Microsoft on “Patch Tuesday,” a day designated by the company every month to move fixes to its software programs.
“The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer,” Microsoft explained in an advisory.
In order for a hacker to exploit the vulnerability, an IE user needs to land on an infected webpage. To steer traffic to such pages, cybercriminals will typically use phishing e-mails or instant messages containing links to the infected locations.