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Old 04-28-2014, 02:29pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default U.S. Government Suggests that You Switch from Internet Explorer

For those still on XP and using IE, you should think twice about switching to a different browser, especially when the warning comes from Homeland Security.

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UPDATE: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security advised 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 United States Computer Emergence Readiness Team 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.”

BOSTON — Microsoft is rushing to fix a bug in its widely used Internet Explorer Web browser after a computer security firm disclosed a flaw over the weekend, saying hackers have already exploited it in attacks on some U.S. companies.

PCs running Windows XP will not receive any updates fixing that bug when they are released, however, because Microsoft stopped supporting the 13-year-old operating system earlier this month. Security firms estimate that between 15 and 25 percent of the world’s PCs still run Windows XP.

Microsoft disclosed on Saturday its plans to fix the bug in an advisory to its customers posted on its security website, which it said is present in Internet Explorer versions 6 to 11. Those versions dominate desktop browsing, accounting for 55 percent of the PC browser market, according to tech research firm NetMarketShare.

Cybersecurity software maker FireEye said that a sophisticated group of hackers have been exploiting the bug in a campaign dubbed “Operation Clandestine Fox.”

FireEye, whose Mandiant division helps companies respond to cyber attacks, declined to name specific victims or to identify the group of hackers, saying that an investigation into the matter is still active.

“It’s a campaign of targeted attacks seemingly against U.S.-based firms, currently tied to defense and financial sectors,” FireEye spokesman Vitor De Souza said via email. “It’s unclear what the motives of this attack group are, at this point. It appears to be broad-spectrum intel gathering.”

He declined to elaborate, though he said one way to protect against them would be to switch to another browser.

Microsoft said in the advisory that the vulnerability could allow a hacker to take complete control of an affected system, and then do things such as viewing, changing, or deleting data; installing malicious programs; or creating accounts that would give hackers full user rights.

FireEye and Microsoft have not provided much information about the security flaw or the approach that hackers could use to figure out how to exploit it, said Aviv Raff, chief technology officer of cybersecurity firm Seculert.

Yet other groups of hackers are now racing to learn more about it so they can launch similar attacks before Microsoft prepares a security update, Raff said.

“Microsoft should move fast,” he said. “This will snowball.”

Still, he cautioned that Windows XP users will not benefit from that update since Microsoft has just halted support for that product.

The software maker said in a statement to Reuters that it advises Windows XP owners to upgrade to one of two most recently versions of its operating system, Windows 7 or 8.
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/new-secur...085229159.html
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Switched to Linux a few weeks ago. The laptop Im posting from doesnt even have a HD. Running Linux live from a flash drive. Who needs MS anyway ??
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Taking advice about preventing spying from the very people who are PROVEN to be spying on me....there's some irony here, I think.
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Taking advice about preventing spying from the very people who are PROVEN to be spying on me....there's some irony here, I think.
Maybe it means the .gov has a harder time spying on us through IE...
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Maybe it means the .gov has a harder time spying on us through IE...
Quite possible given that IE is a massive pile of ****.
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Quite possible given that IE is a massive pile of ****.
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I haven't used IE in at least 10-15 years. Not counting using it on a new pc to download a better browser
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Screw I.E. Google Chrome and Firefox are so much better.
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Screw I.E. Google Chrome and Firefox are so much better.
I used to prefer Firefox, but it kept crashing and being a resource hog. I use Opera most of the time with Firefox in reserve.
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For those that still insist on using IE, here is the simple fix until a patch comes out:
A quick mitigation for Internet Explorer’s new 0-day vulnerability | Steve*(GRC) Gibson's Blog
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I can't even use IE at work in any capacity - not even to download Chrome or Firefox.
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Funny, government saying don't use IE on XP. My new job the government has XP with IE6 on workstations. Good news, if money is available we might upgrade in 3 to 5 years to windows 7, they will probably still insist on using IE6.

One of many reasons I will soon be looking for a new job again soon.
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For those that still insist on using IE, here is the simple fix until a patch comes out:
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I'll load that onto the basement computer ( tunes while I work )

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Funny, government saying don't use IE on XP. My new job the government has XP with IE6 on workstations. Good news, if money is available we might upgrade in 3 to 5 years to windows 7, they will probably still insist on using IE6.

One of many reasons I will soon be looking for a new job again soon.
Really? We have to shut down ANY machines running XP on next Monday, period.
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I have one machine that runs XP. ironically it runs my security cams. I am going to pull the wireless card. It will not be connected to the Internet. Otherwise, all Macs here running Firefox.
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I only use IE to download a better browser, and to run Oracle applications at work. On my work supplied laptop.
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