By Brian Prince
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
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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