Government websites across the world were down for hours on Tuesday after a massive software flaw affected Internet Explorer and Firefox
The Quebec government has issued an apology and shut down several government websites after discovering a huge software vulnerability known as Spectre, affecting Internet Explorer and Firefox, and quickly the rest of the world’s Web browsers.
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Montreal, the capital of the province of Quebec, has multiple sites that are affected – from the local offices to the business registry – as well as Quebec’s tourist attractions.
The statement read: “I regret to inform you that the websites of the Quebec government … have been rendered unable to be used for several hours. The situation has already been corrected.”
It said that “to avoid unexpected failures, the websites were disabled.”
It is not yet clear how many sites across the world are affected, but Microsoft has published a list of affected versions of its Internet Explorer, though to be clear, Spectre is only a major risk to the Microsoft browser and is not an issue with its non-IE Internet service. The full list of affected versions can be found here.