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Internet Explorer becomes Korean election issue

 4:09 am on Nov 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

Internet Explorer becomes Korean election issue [theregister.co.uk]

Presidential candidate promises to kill crypto standard locking nation into IE

At the tail end of the 1990s, the Korean government decided in its wisdom to develop a home-grown 128-bit SSL encryption standard to increase security around e-commerce.

SEED, as it was known, was then mandated for all online transactions.

The only problem with this new system was that it requires users to install Microsoft ActiveX plug-in to work and therefore needs Internet Explorer.

The result: a decade-long monopoly for IE as banking, shopping and other transactional sites were optimised specifically and exclusively for the Microsoft browser.



 5:00 am on Nov 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

Sounds like the USA deciding not to use the metric system


 5:25 am on Nov 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

Diversity ensures that at least some will not be affected by an exploit on one system, choice is good!


 7:15 am on Nov 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

True, the weakest link will be the one that supports everyone. Offering alternatives is good. As market share increases, so does the threat!

I wonder if there will be any significant change in market share. It seams as if IE has become a way of life in in South Korea.



 2:10 pm on Nov 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

Ha, security through ActiveX. Like trying to protect yourself from bullets by shooting yourself in the foot.


 8:20 am on Nov 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

This is actually the exact same situation in China. Banks use security portals that exclusively require ActiveX to login... imagine not being able to even access your online banking unless using Internet Explorer. Even more ridiculous, that means you can't even buy ONLINE without using IE..

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