REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft says a security gap in Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer if the user clicks on a link to a malicious website.
The vulnerability affects versions 6 through 11 of the Web browser.
Wichita computer repair expert, Matthew Kesterson, says the issue could have shocking implications.
"That's what's really scary about this vulnerability, is they can do whatever they want," Kesterson said. "They can watch what you do, they can turn on your web cam, they can do anything."
Microsoft Corp. said Saturday that it was aware of "limited, targeted attacks" that tried to exploit the security gap. The company is working on a safety fix which it will provide in an upcoming software update.
In the meantime, Microsoft encourages customers to enable a firewall, apply all software updates and install anti-malware software.
A division of the Homeland Security Department recommends users download a security toolkit from Microsoft or use another browser until an update becomes available. Browsers such as Google Chrome and Firefox apparently are not affected. Users are also encouraged to disable Adobe Flash, as the attack may not work without it.