New Internet Explorer vulnerability

28 Jan 2020 - 12:15

We are aware of a new vulnerability affecting some versions of Microsoft’s web browser, Internet Explorer.

Cybercriminals are exploiting this vulnerability by creating a website and sending an email encouraging you to visit it. When visiting this website via Internet Explorer, the cybercriminal implements commands without the user’s knowledge. These include installing programs, editing existing user rights, and deleting data.

Microsoft is currently working on a solution

Microsoft is currently working on a fix for this vulnerability and will release it in their next round of software and patch updates scheduled for Tuesday, 11 February 2020. 

In the meantime, we ask that you please be wary of emails that request you to visit websites that you’re unfamiliar with.

You can report all suspicious emails sent to your UCT or myUCT mailbox to icts-helpdesk@uct.ac.za.

Remember these security tips

  • Don't ever reply to emails that request personal information – especially usernames and passwords.
  • NEVER share your password with anyone – not even an ICTS representative.
  • Do not open attachments unless you can verify the sender and the nature of the attachment.
  • Don't open emails of unknown origin.
  • Don't click on links in emails if you cannot recognise where the link directs you.
  • Don't reply to spammers asking them to remove you from their mailing list. By replying, you are confirming your email address as valid and will only encourage more spam.