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Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:13 PM

Microsoft: We're working to 'adjust' IE's mouse tracking
U.K. analytics firm returns fire Friday, alleges Microsoft downplays the security, privacy threat
By Gregg Keizer
December 14, 2012 04:28 PM ET

Computerworld - A U.K. analytics firm that warned earlier this week of an information leak in Internet Explorer (IE) today rebuked Microsoft for downplaying the bug. Microsoft, however, has announced it is working on a fix, although the nature of the anticipated patch was unclear.
Spider.io, a company that provides metrics to online advertisers, claimed on Wednesday that all versions of IE can be manipulated via JavaScript to reveal the position and movement of the mouse cursor on the screen, even when the JavaScript code is on an inactive tab, or when IE itself is inactive or even minimized to the taskbar. Criminals could use the technique, Spider.io alleged, to monitor mouse movements used to log into sensitive websites with "virtual keyboards," on-screen keyboards similar to those on smartphones. Some websites, notably a few banking sites, rely on virtual keyboards as a way to stymie the far-more-common malware that captures keystrokes from a physical keyboard.

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