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Homeland Security Dept. Advises Avoiding Internet Explorer Until Bug Fixed

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising computer users to consider using alternatives to Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer browser until the company fixes a security flaw that hackers have used to launch attacks...
May 1, 2014

 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising computer users to consider using alternatives to Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer browser until the company fixes a security flaw that hackers have used to launch attacks. The advisory was issued on Monday April 28 by the Department’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).

The bug is the first high-profile security flaw to emerge since Microsoft stopped providing security updates for Windows XP earlier this month. That means PCs running the 13-year old operating system could remain unprotected against hackers seeking to exploit the newly uncovered flaw, even after Microsoft figures out how to defend against it. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a part of Homeland Security known as US-CERT, said in an advisory released on Monday morning that the vulnerability in versions 6 to 11 of Internet Explorer could lead to “the complete compromise” of an affected system.

PIA MEMBERS BE WARNED: There are at the same time a number of “new” vendors proclaiming that they have the fixes that will allow business to retain and use MS EXP securely, as well as solve the MS Explorer problems. If these fixes actually work and the vendors actually legit — they may work for a system that is entirely self-contained, used in the office/home only and never communicates with anyone. That isn’t the case with PIA member agencies at all. So, your decisions are going to be in part driven by what your carriers, wholesalers and agency vendor systems are going to advise.

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