November 2, 2004 9:33 AM PST

Microsoft debates spoofing as security flaw

Microsoft is rejecting claims from security researchers that a spoofing technique discovered on Internet Explorer is a security vulnerability.

The software giant did accept the possibility that spoofing could occur on version 6 of IE but rejected claims that this is a security flaw.

Spoofing is a way of making people think they are visiting their chosen Web site when they are in fact looking at a "spoofed" site. Spoofing techniques are frequently used in phishing scams--e-mails that attempt to steal personal information by purporting to be from legitimate groups.

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