Microsoft issued a statement regarding the vulnerability in Internet Explorer discovered by a third-party source who claims that this vulnerability allows mouse cursor movements to be tracked anywhere on the screen.
"A security vulnerability in Internet Explorer, versions 6-10, allows your mouse cursor to be tracked anywhere on the screen, even if the Internet Explorer window is inactive, unfocused or minimised. The vulnerability is notable because it compromises the security of virtual keyboards and virtual keypads," stated spider.io.
According to Microsoft, there is "very little risk to consumers at this time" and the company has yet to see any cases of compromised consumer information.
Microsoft said it is working to adjust this behavior in Internet Explorer and claims that similar capabilities are available in other browsers too.
Microsoft's IE team acknowledging the issue writes, "Over the last few days we've seen reports alleging abuse of a browser behavior regarding mouse position. Microsoft is working closely with other companies to address the concern of mouse position movement. From what we know now, the underlying issue has more to do with competition between analytics companies than consumer safety or privacy."
In another blog post, Microsoft writes ten reason why it feels that the Internet Explorer 10 is the best browser for businesses stated that Forrester Consulting findings reveals business priorities and "reaffirm Internet Explorer's choice as a great browser for business."
Microsoft adds that firms spend an extra $4,200 per web app annually to support multiple browsers, that translates to almost $400,000 per year just for web apps for large corporation.
The ten facts include: first the IE10 is faster than all the other rivals on the market.
Second it is Fluid, as all graphics, video, and text in IE10 are hardware-accelerated.
- "IE10 is perfect for touch, and handles simultaneous points of touch and gesture-based input for demanding web apps and games.
- Easy, site-centric design. IE10 interface for Windows 8 dedicates even more of the screen to your sites, with full-screen web and navigational controls that appear as needed.
- Windows integration. With IE10, your websites and web apps feel like native applications.
- IE10 is the safest Windows 8 browser against socially-engineered malware, building on the top-rated security features of IE9 with SmartScreen, new memory protections and Enhanced Protected Mode.
- IE10 offers extensive management and deployment options for big and small businesses alike, which is a significant factor in choosing a browser.
- Compatibility and migration support. IE10 preserves development investments with emulation for IE9, IE8, IE7, and "quirks" modes.
- Support for modern standards including extensive support for industry standards such as HTML5, CSS3, SVG, and ECMAScript5.
- Total Cost of Ownership," wrote Microsoft.