Microsoft has been trying to get people off of Internet Explorer for a while now and instead making Microsoft Edge the default browser on Windows 10. But IE still persists, stubbornly showing up in lists of the most popular web browsers to this day.
If you're trying to beat your organization's IE addiction and need further reason to quit cold turkey, know this. A critical, zero-day vulnerability has made Internet Explorer vulnerable to hijacking.
According to Mashable:
“‘The vulnerability could corrupt memory in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user,’ reads the warning in part. ‘If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could take control of an affected system.’”
Microsoft said this vulnerability has already been exploited in the wild, but there's also a patch. As to how the bad guys might take advantage of this flaw, Microsoft writes: "In a web-based attack scenario, an attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit the vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website, for example, by sending an email."