German cybersecurity agency prods users to ditch IE

'Too early to panic,' says security pro of German suggestion to switch browsers until Microsoft patches IE zero-day

By , Computerworld |  Security, cybersecurity, Internet Explorer

Instead, US-CERT and CERTA each recommended that users take Microsoft's advice, and rely on EMET (Exploit Mitigation Experience Toolkit) and various settings changes to protect themselves.

BSI has been quick to pull the trigger on browser-switching advice in the past.

In January 2010, BSI and several other countries' security organizations urged users to dump IE and run a rival while Microsoft worked on a patch.

The underlying IE vulnerability in that incident had been exploited by hackers to break into the corporate network of Google and other major Western companies. Google alleged that the attacks were launched by Chinese attackers.

Some security professionals, however, have suggested the same browser switch that BSI counseled. HD Moore, chief security officer at Rapid7, and the creator of the Metasploit penetration testing toolkit, advocated that strategy on Monday.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed. His email address is gkeizer@computerworld.com.

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