Imagine if your house had all the doors and windows locked -- but had a huge hole blown through one of the walls. Not feeling so safe now, huh?
That may be the feeling some Internet users have with word that there's a giant vulnerability in the Internet's design. That flaw allows criminals to silently redirect traffic to Web sites that are under their control.
While the problem is being fixed it's unclear how many people have already been taken advantage of -- and how many may still be at risk. The big problem with this security hole is that scammers can target ordinary people who type in legit Web addresses.
That's because hackers can now manipulate the machines that help computers find Web site. And that means would-be victims are unlikely to detect whether they have landed at a real site or a cleverly designed double site with a hacker keeping watch over it.