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Invisibledaussaulit
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U.S. Steers Consumers Away From IE
    #2892892 - 07/15/04 11:18 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=74&e=3&u=/cmp/20040702/tc_cmp/22103407
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The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team touched off a storm this week when it recommended for security reasons using browsers other than Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer.

The Microsoft browser, the government warned, cannot protect against vulnerabilities in its Internet Information Services (IIS) 5 server programs, which a team of hackers allegedly based in Russia has exploited with a Java script that is appended to Web sites.

The particular virus initiated this week inserts Java script into certain Web sites. When users visit those sites, it initiates pop-up ads on home and office computers, and allows keystroke analysis of user information. The target is believed to be credit card numbers. CERT estimated that as many as tens of thousands of Web sites may be affected.

CERT said vulnerabilities in IIS and IE could include MIME-type determination, the DHTML object model, the IE domain/zone security model and ActiveX scripts. Alternative browsers such as Mozilla or Netscape may not protect users, the agency warned, if those browsers invoke ActiveX control or HTML rendering engines.

The only defense may be completely disabling scripting and ActiveX controls.

Microsoft said earlier in the week it is working with law enforcement officials to identify the source of the latest Internet virus.



Good thing I've been using opera for months now.


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Invisibleslime_R
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Re: U.S. Steers Consumers Away From IE [Re: daussaulit]
    #2894903 - 07/15/04 11:03 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

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Good thing I've been using opera for months now.




My rents just got some nasty virus that only a reformat could fix. As soon as IE was opened it threw up popups about protecting against spyware and then avg would instantly detect some virus right after.

Once I got accustomed to the mouse gestures in Opera about a year ago I couldn't use anything else. Also the right click + scroll wheel to switch between tabs is genius. Genius I tell ya.


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Invisibledaussaulit
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Re: U.S. Steers Consumers Away From IE [Re: slime_R]
    #2895141 - 07/16/04 12:11 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

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slime_R said:
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Good thing I've been using opera for months now.



Also the right click + scroll wheel to switch between tabs is genius. Genius I tell ya.



Sweet, I haven't figured out all the hotkeys and mouse gestures, thanks for telling me.


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