Home­land Se­cu­rity: Don’t use In­ter­net Ex­plorer due to bug


The US Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity is ad­vis­ing Amer­i­cans not to use the In­ter­net Ex­plorer Web browser un­til a fix is found for a se­ri­ous se­cu­rity flaw that came to light re­cently. The bug was an­nounced by FireEye Re­search Labs, an In­ter­net se­cu­rity soft­ware com­pany based in Mil­pi­tas, Cal­i­for­nia.

It rec­om­mended that users and ad­min­is­tra­tors “con­sider em­ploy­ing an al­ter­na­tive Web browser un­til an of­fi­cial up­date is avail­able.” The se­cu­rity flaw al­lows ma­li­cious hack­ers to get around se­cu­rity pro­tec­tions in the Win­dows op­er­at­ing sys­tem. They then can be in­fected when vis­it­ing a com­pro­mised web­site. Be­cause the hack uses a cor­rupted Adobe Flash file to at­tack the vic­tim’s com­puter, users can avoid it by turn­ing off Adobe Flash. “The at­tack will not work with­out Adobe Flash,” FireEye said. “Dis­abling the Flash plugin within IE will pre­vent the ex­ploit from func­tion­ing.”

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