In the period between late December 2005 and January 2006, more than 10,000 computers across the country were hacked using a flaw in the Windows graphics-rendering engine - the software that processes images."The Windows Metafile vulnerability is still being exploited, and will continue to affect people not current with their patches," said Steve Gibson, president of Laguna Hills, Calif.-based Gibson Research Corp., a data recovery software publisher and Internet security and privacy educator.

Patch management - the process of fixing flaws in an application or computer operating system's code - is a very real concern for CPAs, as evidenced by its 14th-place ranking in the recent American Institute of CPAs' list of top technology issues for 2006.

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