Wellington team uncover vulnerabilities in Explorer 8 and Windows XP

Press Release – Dimension Data
Dimension Data’s Wellington-based security assurance team (Security-Assessment.com) has uncovered two significant vulnerabilities in the Internet Explorer 8 and Windows XP systems that could allow remote parties to gain full control of a target PC.

Dimension Data’s General Manager Marketing Phil Goodwin says in the past, organisations including Google have been victims of similar Internet Explorer security issues.

“Our security assurance team alerted Microsoft to the issue, which deployed a fix for the two vulnerabilities on 12 February as part of its monthly ‘Patch Tuesday’ release,” says Goodwin.

“Dimension Data has no reason to believe that anyone has fallen victim to an attack, but similar security issues have been targeted in spear phishing attacks in the past. Microsoft is thorough in its response when vulnerabilities are brought to its attention. We are pleased to see that this issue has been addressed and we strongly recommend users apply the patch made available through the Windows Update website, to ensure they aren’t open to an attack.

“Our security assurance team performs routine penetration testing and provides advisory services to ensure the security of IT systems for our clients. It’s through their regular work that we can ensure security issues like this can be fixed quickly, with minimal disruption for businesses.”

About Dimension Data
Founded in 1983, Dimension Data plc is an ICT services and solutions provider that uses its technology expertise, global service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group.

In Asia Pacific, we operate in over 60 offices across 13 countries. We help clients plan, build, support, manage, improve and innovate their ICT infrastructures. It combines an expertise in networking, security, data centre solutions, Microsoft solutions and converged communications and contact centre technologies, with advanced skills in consulting, integration, training and managed services. www.dimensiondata.com

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