A recently identified Internet Explorer security hole is now being exploited and Microsoft hopes to include a fix for it in its April 11 patch or maybe even earlier, according to a posting on a Microsoft blog. So far, attacks are limited in scope, Stephen Toulouse, head of Microsoft's Security Response Center, wrote on the center's blog on Saturday. On Monday however, Web security company Websense Inc. said it has found hundreds of sites taking advantage of the weakness and that the number of such sites is rapidly growing. The vulnerability, first identified last week before actually being exploited, allows hackers to entice Web surfers to visit Web sites where malicious code can then be automatically run on the visitor's computer. It exploits a vulnerability in the way that IE renders HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and affects Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, Toulouse said.
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