Federal Office for Information Security Slams Internet Explorer for Insecurity

The Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security) today warned against the use of Internet Explorer until a full patch is released for this critical “zero day” weaknesses called Aurora.

More details (in English) from the BBC here, and a technical discussion here.

“Using Internet Explorer in ‘secure mode,’ as well as turning off Active Scripting makes attacks more difficult, but can not fully prevent them,” BSI said in its statement.


  1. I’d be curious to know if anyone else here is reading “I.T. WARS”. I had to read parts of this book as part of my employee orientation at a new job. The book talks about a whole new culture as being necessary – an eCulture – for a true understanding of security, being that most identity/data breaches are due to simple human errors. It has great chapters on security, as well as risk, content management, project management, acceptable use, policies, and so on. Just Google “IT WARS” – check out a couple links down and read the interview with the author David Scott. (Full title is “I.T. WARS: Managing the Business-Technology Weave in the New Millennium”).

  2. And add in another bulletin from the French Agence nationale
    de la sécurité des systèmes d’information
    to the same effect.

    The WSJ recommends that everyone calm down. Downloads of Opera have doubled in pace since Saturday.