Ads in Internet Explorer Could Be Tracking Your Mouse

By Jamie Condliffe on at

If you still use Internet Explorer, there's more to worry about than a crappy browsing experience. Microsoft has confirmed that it's looking in to a "mouse tracking" flaw, which affects IE 6 through 10.

The security problem was identified by a group called earlier this week. It claims that versions 6 through 10 of IE are capable of tracking cursor movement even when the browser window is inactive, unfocused, or minimised — and that malicious ads could abuse that ability to track your mouse movements.

Indeed, has shown that it's possible. It's not clear how useful the resulting data is — mouse clicks can't be recorded, for instance — but it should still be of concern to those worried about software security. Microsoft claims to be "actively working to adjust this behavior in IE". [Verge,, Microsoft]