Accuracy in Media

WASHINGTON — Both the American and British governments warned computer users to avoid using Microsoft’s web browser Internet Explorer because there was a significant security flaw.

internet explorer iconReuters reported that the bug, discovered over the weekend, allowed hackers to launch attacks on users of the web browser. That occurred when Microsoft stopped updates to the Windows XP security system this past month, leaving PCs unprotected.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team released an advisory that versions 6 to 11 of Internet Explorer could possibly result in “the complete compromise” of an affected system.

The United Kingdom National Computer Emergency Response Team issued a similar statement. Instead, users should consider using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox until the bug is fixed.

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