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article imageGermany, France warn Internet users to avoid Microsoft Explorer

By R. C. Camphausen     Jan 18, 2010 in Internet
Following a similar call by Germany, a French government agency that monitors cyber threats warns against using Microsoft's Internet Explorer and advises people to use other browsers instead.
At first it was the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) who suggested that people should use browsers other than Internet Explorer, reports the Telegraph. Now the French agency CERTA has given out the same warning, according to the BBC.
These warnings are, in fact, the results of the problems Google and other firms (Yahoo, Adobe) encountered last week, and which have been reported worldwide, including on Digital Journal.
It concerns a vulnerability in Explorer that seems to be absent in other browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari.
Microsoft soon proceeded with statements that the problem mainly impacts users of Explorer 6, and the company advises all users to upgrade to version 8, which they proudly suggest is the safest browser on the market.
On the other hand, the BBC has also published this statement, which seems to contradict the company's line of defense:
"Microsoft themselves admit there is a vulnerability, even in IE8," said Graham Cluley of security firm Sophos.
Elsewhere in Europe, warnings are not appearing as yet, and the UK's Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) is merely said to be "monitoring the situation" and would "publish further advice if the risks change".
The vulnerability in question could possibly allow a so-called Trojan Horse to enter a given computer. The concept of the Trojan Horse comes from Greek mythology, where a huge wooden horse was left behind by the Greeks after a 10-year siege of Troy. Once the citizens had recovered the horse, regarding it a spoils of war, they were surprised to find that it contained a significant number of marines and special forces who were able to defeat the city after all.
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