The Federal Office for Information Security in Germany has said that it would be wiser if users avoided Internet Exploder and used an alternative browser when smurfing the web.

That's because a vulnerability in Internet Explorer has been linked to a wave of attacks on American sites including Adobe, Google and Yahoo.

According to the BBC, the German government reckons that following Microsoft's advisory is insufficient to turn IE into a browser that's safe to use.

Microsoft developers are working day and night to solve the problem, the BBC said.

However, no browser is safe to use, according to malware experts. If Microsoft decides this vulnerability is really a problem, it will repair it in its next scheduled fix, set to arrive in early February.

The BBC story is here.