Germany advises not to use IE until bug is patched

Posted on Sunday, January 17 2010 @ 21:33 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Following the revelation that a bug in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser was exploited to hack Google and at least 33 other companies, the German government has send out a bulletin that recommends web users to switch to an alternative browser.

Germany's Federal Office for IT Security (BSI) informs web users that PCs running IE 6, 7 and 8 on the Windows XP, Vista and 7 operating systems are vulnerable to attack.

The agency recommends that you switch to a different browser until Microsoft issues a patch for this vulnerability, as it believes attacks can not be fully prevented by running IE in safe mode and disabling active scripting.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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