Internet Explorer is a Secure Browser (If You’re an Analyst)

Unbelievable. All you have to be is an ‘analyst’ or a ‘security consultant’ and you can spout the most amazing crap. Presumable some people even believe you.

Check out this on the relative security of various browsers ….

“It is not so much a question that one browser is inherently safer than another, but the fact that so many people use Explorer,” said Carole Theriault, security consultant at Sophos, a security software vendor.

“Microsoft is targeted because they are so successful. And they have a hard job ahead of them. Something like 90 percent of the world’s computers run Microsoft operating systems. This homogenous environment is attractive to those cyber criminals looking to make some kind of impact.”

That quote is from this article at Wired.

Does anything more need to be said about IE and secuity? Surely enough ink has been spilled on this dead horse!

But check the Seattle Times … on Scob … a very, very dangerous exploit.

Known as Download.Ject, or Scob, the malicious code targeted some high-traffic Web sites that were being run on Microsoft’s software.

When an Internet Explorer user visited one of those Web sites, he or she inadvertently triggered the download of a hidden program known as a Trojan horse that could record the letters and numbers typed on the user’s keyboard. It could also display boxes on the user’s screen asking for credit-card numbers and ATM card codes, and send the information over the Internet.

. . . and . . .

with Download.Ject, a user only had to visit an infected Web site to be attacked, and the damage would be done quietly and behind the scenes.

Could there be some kind of problem with tying your web browser – a tool that interacts with just about anything out there in the wild, wild world – with your operating system, something you want to keep as pristine as possible?

No way!

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  • So if their theory holds true, then Apache must be targetted a lot because it’s got the 50%+ share of webbrowsers, right?

    Oh, wait a minute….