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[News] Korea Shuns Internet Explorer and Moves to More Free Software

  • Subject: [News] Korea Shuns Internet Explorer and Moves to More Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 02 May 2010 00:43:04 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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the Security of Internet Banking in South Korea in 2010

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| For those of you who have followed my blog, 
| you know that it has been 3 years since I 
| first reported on the fact that Korea does 
| not use SSL for secure transactions over the 
| Interent but instead a PKI mechanism that 
| limits users to the Windows OS and Internet 
| Explorer as a browser. Nothing fundamentally 
| has changed but there are new pressures on 
| the status quo that may break open South 
| Korean for competition in the browser market 
| in the future.
| [...]
| Dr. Keechang Kim of Korea University has 
| been working tirelessly for many years to 
| try to change the status quo in Korea around 
| browsers and the reliance on a PKI mechanism 
| that is tied to one platform. With concern 
| being raised by different parts of the 
| Korean government, including the Korean 
| Communications Commission as well as the 
| Office of the President of Korea, Keechang 
| has gathered a very interesting panel of 
| presentations for April 29th in Seoul.  The 
| panelists will be addressing the (Korean) 
| Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) which is 
| the regulatory body in Korea that is 
| currently mandating the PKI mechanism that 
| is in place today (which requires Active-X, 
| etc.)  Unless the FSS relaxes or changes 
| their regulations, Korean banks cannot offer 
| other mechanisms for Korean users to bank 
| online, etc.  In short, unless the FSS 
| changes their stance, nothing will change in 
| Korea.
| [...]
| Thank you to Keechang and everyone in the 
| OpenWeb.or.kr community for your tireless 
| efforts to try to break open the Korean 
| market. Thank you also to Channy Yun who has 
| put aside his own schedule in order to 
| participate and guide Lucas in Seoul.  There 
| is still a long road to walk to an open, 
| competitive market in S. Korea for browsers, 
| but I am starting to see the light at the 
| end of the tunnel.


Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 shuns open video



Korea's Internet Is Mired in a Microsoft Monoculture

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| The average computer user may not care whether
| it is ActiveX or something else that allows
| convenient and secure access. But that is
| misguided. In the event of worldwide Internet
| chaos, as was the case in January 2003 or
| during the DDoS attacks in July, Korea gets hit
| the hardest. Its online environment has become
| one where users habitually hit "yes" for every
| dialog box that pops up and install programs
| without a second thought.
| Koreans are the easiest prey in the world for
| hackers intent on spreading computer viruses
| and using zombies.
| Whenever Microsoft releases a new operating
| system, such as Windows Vista, or a new version
| of Explorer, only in Korea is there a fuss
| about previous versions not working. The
| country's closed and outdated computing
| environment is overly dependent on ActiveX.


Busy bribing Korean bloggers:

Microsoft Windows 7 launched in Korea with 777 power bloggers

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| 777 Korean power bloggers are invited by
| Microsoft Korea and 777 should come from
| Windows 7ÂÂs ÂÂSevenÂÂ. IÂÂve been many
| bloggers events which held in Korea but this is
| biggest blogger event that IÂÂve ever seen. MS
| prepared light dinner meal and Windows 7
| Ultimate (Eng Ver.) for all the attendances.

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