German government warns against MS Explorer use

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BERLIN (AP) — The German government has told people to avoid using Internet Explorer until Microsoft Corp. develops a patch to fix a security flaw that led to hacks against Google and others.

The Federal Office for Information Security, or BSI, told Germans to use a browser other than Explorer to ensure security. It said even running Explorer in “security mode” did not render it fully safe.

Microsoft confirmed the weakness earlier this week after Google announced that hackers in China had pried into e-mail accounts of human rights activists. It said the security hole can be closed by setting the browser’s Internet security zone to “high.”

Other German security experts on Saturday echoed the government warning, telling users to wait for Microsoft to develop a patch.