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Hacker targets

Date: November 16, 2006

Microsoft's Internet Explorer has been named one of the internet's top 20 hacker targets by a leading security organisation.

The SANS Institute also said Microsoft Office and Windows Libraries and Services are some of the most vulnerable applications available on computers today.

But Microsoft was not alone in the annual list - Apple's Mac OS X was also catalogued, along with "configuration weaknesses" in Unix.

The list of the top 20 targets is written by members of the institute and security experts from the tech industry and government to indicate which network features could leave a company vulnerable to attack.

SANS also named web applications, P2P file-sharing software, media players, VoIP phones and people themselves as some of the easiest targets for hackers.
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