Snecma suffers data attack via Internet Explorer loophole

19 February 2014

France's aerospace engine maker Snecma has been targeted by data thieves, who exploited vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer to breach the organisation's network.

Initial research indicates that hackers used malicious software containing code that identified internet domain names belonging to Snecma, and used information to infiltrate the company's digital infrastructure.

From there, the hackers stole data by infecting devices that employees, partners and third-party vendors each used to remotely access Snecma's network.

It is the latest in a series of attacks that have exploited vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, with cybersecurity firm FireEye last week revealing that hackers had taken advantage of a security flaw in the web browser to attack the website of the US charity Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Microsoft has since advised all businesses and customers to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11, after conceding that versions 9 and 10 are both vulnerable to these types of attacks.

 

By Asim Shah

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