Operation Aurora, and a brief video apology from me

Filed Under: Adobe, Google, Malware, Microsoft, Video, Vulnerability

Paul Ducklin of this parish (well, actually our Sydney, Australia office) has made a terrific video, demonstrating the Internet Explorer vulnerability at the heart of the Operation Aurora/Google vs China hacking story.

If you watch the video you can see:

  • A brief recap of the impact Operation Aurora has made in the news
  • A quick explanation of how the Internet Explorer vulnerability works
  • A live demo of the Internet Explorer vulnerability being demonstrated - don't worry, it's a video. It's quite safe. :)
  • A reminder of "Don't panic" in large friendly letters
  • A demonstration that Sophos Anti-Virus can protect you

By the way, SophosLabs is now seeing copycat websites exploiting the Internet Explorer vulnerability.

Oh, and if you have the ears of a dolphin (who apparently, despite having no visible ears, have the best hearing of the animal kingdom) you can very briefly hear me apologise for wrongly speculating that malicious Adobe PDFs would get the blame for the Google hack. It's about 24 seconds in.

But really, you should watch the video for Duck's excellent explanation of the Internet Explorer vulnerability and his demonstration of how it works - not my grovelling apology.

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter: @gcluley.