Mozilla Downloads Rise Following US-CERT Recommendation to Drop IE

Friday July 2nd, 2004

Wired News is reporting that Mozilla downloads have surged following advice from the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) to avoid Internet Explorer for security reasons. Download numbers approximately doubled in the days following the US-CERT recommendation, which was made in the form of an update to an earlier vulnerability note and comments to the press. US-CERT is a partnership between the United States Department of Homeland Security — the government organisation set up in the wake of September 11th to prevent terrorist attacks — and the public and private sectors.

US-CERT's advice follows last week's outbreak of the Download.Ject virus, which exploited a number of holes in Microsoft's IIS Web server and Internet Explorer to install a password-stealing trojan horse on Web surfers' computers. Microsoft patched some of the flaws before the outbreak occurred and today released another update that protects against the vulnerability by way of a configuration change (though the underlying problem has not been fixed). Windows users should hotstep it to Windows Update (must be visited using IE) to install the patch, regardless of whether they use Internet Explorer as their default browser.

#28 Re: Re: Re: Bank sites suck. - Educate developers.

by zero0w

Saturday July 3rd, 2004 7:10 AM

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Let's separate two issues:

1) Asking banks to support the use of Mozilla to access online banking.

2) Asking developers to support multiple browsers in mind.

While achieving the second goal will also fulfill the first, we need to convey the message to organization such as banks in a 'beneficial way', which means more people are starting to use Mozilla because of {put any of your reason here, such as the CERT security report on IE}.

The bank management will likely to support Mozilla with a convincing press kit depicting many recent events such as: security problems of IE, the increasing Mozilla download statistics, the rising usage of Mozilla in Google search Zeitegeist, etc. It isn't really knowledgeable about any "Web standard", not the least on any _obligation_ to support multiple browsers, if it could feel any.

Just send them a clear message about how Firefox / Mozilla is a good replacement for Netscape 4.7x which they claim to have supported; and when they entertain our demand to have Firefox supported, then continue to evangelize about Web standard later on.