Internet Flaw Leaves You Vulnerable

Ray Wilson, Cat-Man-Du
Ray Wilson, Cat-Man-Du

You may be doing everything you can to protect yourself from cyber crimes, but when you log on to the Internet you are still vulnerable.

An Internet flaw is giving hackers full access to your private information. It's a huge vulnerability to domain name systems (DNS). DNS is a network of servers used to connect computers to Web sites. The security flaw is in the servers we use to go online.  Leaving the network servers we use everyday, to connect to web sites unsafe.

Internet flaw allows hackers to re-route computers to fake web sites that look legitimate.   Once you are on the web site, hackers can gain access to your passwords, e-mail and account information.

Most sites have features that allow members to retrieve their passwords by e-mail if they've forgotten them. If a hacker has access to the account where that message is sent.  they are able to snoop on the contents of that account, from e-mail, to banking, to retailer sites.

Something Ray Wilson with Cat-Man-Du people have little control over. "It's not the typical things that involve a virus or a mower that get this. This is out of your hands and your control. And resides in the servers around the Internet," he said.

Wilson says you can watch out for fake sites, by paying close attention to the web site irregularities.  And look for the secure site lock, which is typically found on the right-side of your computer.  that lock symbol can assure you the site is safe.

Vendors such as Microsoft Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc. and others have issued patches.  Those are software tweaks that cover the security hole and prevent affected machines from ingesting the bogus information hackers are trying to feed them.