Researchers at Princeton University have issued a warning about a flaw in the World Wide Web, which threatens the security of user passwords and other confidential information, such as credit card details.
The flaw allows attackers to create a malicious Web site that can imitate Internet addresses and URLs and lead to users unwittingly entering private information.
Edward Felton of Princeton?s Safe Internet Programming Team said that users of most of the leading browsers, including Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer, were at risk. Neither supplier has made any comment on Felton?s findings to date.
Earlier this year, Felton?s research team uncovered a glitch in Java, which would have allowed hackers to set up booby traps within Web pages for unsuspecting users. The bug was fixed by Sun shortly afterwards.
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