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Sweden issues Internet Explorer warning

19 Sep 2012, 15:41

Published: 19 Sep 2012 15:41 GMT+02:00

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"Currently, there is no good protection against the vulnerability in Internet Explorer," Anders Hansson, head of the Computer Security Incident Response Team with the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap – MSB), said in a statement.

"As long as the security hole exists, the door is open for Trojan horses and unwanted code and there is a risk that people could lose control of their computers if they're not careful."

The warning comes the day after Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) advised users to avoid the Windows-brand browser, saying that users with computers running the Windows XP and Windows 7 operating systems were particularly at risk.

On Monday, the US software giant said a new bug had been discovered in its Internet Explorer 9 browser, leaving millions of users of the popular internet browser at risk of being targeted by hackers and viruses.

All it takes is for the user to be drawn to a malicious website, via which the hacker can get into a user’s computers.

Microsoft advised users to install free security software while it worked to fix the security problem.

However, Sweden's Civil Contingencies Agency, like its German counterpart, recommends that computer users opt for other browsers altogether.

"Because attacks happen continually, people should be cautious and continually update their systems," said Hansson, adding that there are security risks with all browsers.

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"As a user of the internet, one always has to be careful when surfing the web and not click on everything."

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Your comments about this article

03:03 September 20, 2012 by Liquidmonkey
do people really still use this POS browser from 1980?

CHROME people, GOOGLE CHROME is the BEST browser period
04:40 September 20, 2012 by jimfromcanada
Mozilla Firefox
06:40 September 20, 2012 by rybo1
Maybe I'm out of the loop, but I don't know anyone who uses IE9. Maybe just the banks and government departments?
09:11 September 20, 2012 by rolfkrohna
IE *IS* spyware. It has purposely been designed for that task, to be the main front-line information gathering tool for CIA, NSA, FBI, etc. Microsoft , Google, Apple, Skype, etc is then "selling" the information to authorities, and they use it to profile all users of the technology. 12 million sets of such information was recently hacked from FBI, and originated with Apple. That is why Microsoft has refused to remove IE from windows. It is worth huge money to them. Unfortunately criminals, terrorist, and governments as North Korea or Ethiopia have also learned to access the info, and that is how the Swedish journalists were caught so easily. Wake up to reality. Don't be so complacent.
10:57 September 20, 2012 by Shibumi
Trow? Is that you?
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