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Old 09-20-2012, 01:56 AM   #1
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Found this in the morning, finally got back to post it. I did have IE9 about a week ago, was having issues on websites. Had to reload entire Operating System and was staying with IE8 and now this. I move to Chrome and Firefox.

Germany urges public to stop using Internet Explorer

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/19/uk-microsoft-browser-idUSLNE88I01L20120919

Reuters) - The German government urged the public on Tuesday to temporarily stop using Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer following discovery of a yet-to-be repaired bug in the Web browser that the software maker said makes PCs vulnerable hacker attacks.

It issued the warning as a researcher said he found evidence that suggests the hackers who exploited the flaw were seeking to attack defense contractors.

Microsoft (MSFT.O) said on Monday that attackers can exploit the bug in its Internet Explorer, used on hundreds of millions of computers, to infect the PC of somebody who visits a malicious website and then take control of the victim's computer.

The German government's Federal Office for Information Security, or BSI, said it was aware of targeted attacks and that all that was needed was to lure Web surfers to a website where hackers had planted malicious software that exploited the bug.

"A fast spreading of the code has to be feared," the German government said in its statement.

BSI advised all users of Internet Explorer to use an alternative browser until the manufacturer has released a security update.

Officials with Microsoft did not respond to a request to comment on the move by the German government, although the company downplayed the impact of the flaw in a written statement.

"There have been an extremely limited number of attacks," said company spokeswoman Yunsun Wee. "The vast majority of Internet Explorer users have not been impacted."

The company said it planned to release software to protect PCs from attack within the next few days. Customers must manually install the code by visiting Microsoft's website and clicking on a link.

Microsoft did not say how long it will take to release a full update to Internet Explorer, which will automatically be loaded onto the machines of most customers. Several security researchers have said they expect the update within a week.

'NITRO' LINK

The vulnerability in Internet Explorer was identified on Friday after the PC of a security researcher from Luxembourg was infected while analyzing a computer server that was used last year to launch a cyber industrial espionage campaign on at least 48 chemical and defense companies.

The victims of the so-called "Nitro" attacks included Fortune 100 corporations that develop compounds and advanced materials, according to security software maker Symantec Corp (SYMC.O), which disclosed them in October 2011.

Network security firm AlienVault said on Tuesday it has discovered three other servers that host malicious websites that exploit the newly found Internet Explorer vulnerability.

Jaime Blasco, manager of AlienVault Labs, said he found evidence suggesting they targeted defense contractors. As an example, he said he found a related virus on a site that provides news on India's defense sector.

"It seems that these guys are behind big targets," he said.

Internet Explorer was the world's second-most widely used browser last month, with about 33 percent market share, according to StatCounter. It was close behind Chrome, which had 34 percent of the market.

Until the new software is available from Microsoft, the company advises customers to use a free security tool, which is known as the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, or EMET, to mitigate the risk of attacks. It is available through an advisory on Microsoft's website: blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/

The EMET software must be downloaded, installed and then manually configured to protect computers from the newly discovered threat, according to the posting from Microsoft. The company also advised customers to adjust several Windows security settings to thwart potential attackers, but cautioned that doing so might impact the PC's usability.

Some security experts have said it would be too cumbersome for many PC users to implement the measures suggested by Microsoft. Instead they advised Windows users to temporarily switch from Internet Explorer to rival browsers such as Google Inc's (GOOG.O) Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox or Opera Software ASA's (OPERA.OL) Opera.



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Old 09-20-2012, 10:49 PM   #2
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I heard about that bug too, they said a program is available to remedy the problem but installing it is so complicated its easier just to switch browsers.

I haven't used Internet Explorer in several years, switched to Mozilla FireFox.



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i roll on the google train. Nothing but google chrome. i have to use ie at work because some things have to use it.

Internet Explorer the #1 browser to download a better browser.

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Hacking should be punishable by death. They do more to screw up the civilized world than those morons in the middle east.

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Why did the Germans find out before we did?

Or does this have something to do with the old MS monopoly suit that was filed in Europe?

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Hacking should be punishable by death. They do more to screw up the civilized world than those morons in the middle east.
Or cut their fingers off, problem solved.
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I never use Explorer, I have used Firefox for years with no problems.

I just wish it were easier to locate hackers so you could put the beat-down on them! Or maybe better yet make them watch while you ventilate their precious computers with lead, and then beat them down!

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Hacking should be punishable by death. They do more to screw up the civilized world than those morons in the middle east.
You do realize you have no idea at all about hacking or hackers.

Which ones do you want to kill? White hats, black hats? Many hackers do a lot more good for you and I than bad.

You know all them security updates that come out on phones, computers and tablets? Most of them are found by white hats and turned in.

In fact many white hats work for large companies helping to protect your money and identity.
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You do realize you have no idea at all about hacking or hackers.

Which ones do you want to kill? White hats, black hats? Many hackers do a lot more good for you and I than bad.

You know all them security updates that come out on phones, computers and tablets? Most of them are found by white hats and turned in.

In fact many white hats work for large companies helping to protect your money and identity.
OK, how about kill all the scumbags that make malicious programs or whatever? Can we kill them? Can we? Can we?


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