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(CNN) - A security breach has internet experts and the department of Homeland Security warning people not to use internet explorer to browse the web.


Typing on a keyboard is tap dancing with danger for some Internet Explorer users.

Seth Rosenblatt - CNET, Senior News Writer: "This is a big problem."

Zheng Bu helped uncover the flaw that impacts internet explorer versions six through 11. A hacker can gain access if you click on a bad link.

Zheng Bu - FireEye: "The attacker now has complete control over the computer."

Hard drive - key strokes - internet history - everything exposed.

Seth Rosenblatt: "The security firm that discovered the flaw says that the problem is really targeted at defense industry and financial industries. So chances are mom and pop aren't going to be targets, but that doesn't mean they won't be exploited."

In a very rare move, the Department of Homeland Security issued a warning today telling people to stay away from Internet Explorer until Microsoft develops a fix. Microsoft typically releases patches on the second Tuesday of the month. They didn't give a timeline for this fix, but sent us a statement that reads in part.

At this time we are aware of limited targeted attacks. We encourage customers to follow the suggested mitigation outlined in the security advisory while an update is finalized. Some folks in a South Bay coffee shop aren't taking any chances.

The easiest way to stay safe is simply make a browser switch.

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