Pwn2Own takes no mercy…IE, Firefox,and Safari all pwned.

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If you thought your latest browser from Apple, Mozilla, or Microsoft was built like a WWII concrete bunker, able to withstand the perils of the web, think again.  On day 1 of Pwn2Own, a contest in which hackers are rewarded for hacking and exploiting various browsers in order to better develop the next iteration, Safari, Firefox, and IE 8 all were exploited.  Day 1!  Google’s Chrome was the only browser that managed to come out with its head up.  The contest still has until Friday so more is to come.  The lucky hacker who racked up a nice purse of $15k and a brand spankin’ new Sony VAIO laptop on day 1 was “Nils” (above) who managed to exploit Internet Explorer 8 while running on Windows 7…(so much for IE 8 and Windows 7′s security), crack Safari, and then claim Firefox later that day as well.  Another successful hacker that went be the name of Charlie Miller managed to have his way with an Apple Macbook with a simple malicious link.  Yikes!  Even though the contest shows how truly vulnerable we are, hopefully the respective companies fix these problems quickly!

In other news, Microsofts newest and *safest browser yet*, IE 8 is supposed to come out of beta today.  Stay tuned!

Source: Engadget, Tipping Point, Zdnet

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