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France, Germany Say Avoid IE Until Security Vulnerability Patched




France, Germany Say Avoid IE Until Security Vulnerability Patched
France, Germany Say Avoid IE Until Security Vulnerability Patched



http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/France-Germany-Say-Avoid-IE-Until-Security-Vulnerability-Patched-321481/ 

By Brian Prince
eWEEK.com
2010-01-18

France and Germany are advising users to switch from Internet Explorer 
to another Web browser until Microsoft patches the zero-day 
vulnerability linked to attacks on Google and others.

France and Germany have advised their citizens to ditch Internet 
Explorer (IE) in the wake of reports that an IE zero-day bug was 
involved in the massive cyber-attack against Google and other companies.

Officials in both countries issued warnings in the past few days through 
telling users to consider switching from Internet Explorer to other Web 
browsers until Microsoft delivers a patch. Researchers at McAfee have 
reported seeing references to attack code for the vulnerability on 
mailing lists and confirmed the presence of the code on at least one 
Website.

The IE vulnerability was used in a spate of cyber-attacks targeting 
Google and other large corporate networks. The attacks, which are 
believed to have come from China, have prompted Google to threaten to 
pull out of China altogether, and the U.S. State Department plans to get 
answers from China this week regarding the incident.

Officials at Microsoft said they are only seeing a limited number of 
targeted attacks against a small subset of corporations.

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