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Hackers Crack IE 8 in Two Minutes Flat

At a recent hacker event, it only took two minutes to break through IE 8's defenses. Rather than get defensive or ignore the event, Microsoft addressed the issues head-on, arguing that if you really want to secure your browser, you need a defense-in-depth approach, battening down all your computing hatches.

Part of those defenses, Microsoft argues, includes moving to more secure operating systems such as Windows 7 or Vista.

I'm a little disappointed that IE was cracked so fast, but I'm sure the hackers had time to prepare their attacks so the two minutes was the execution, and not the planning. On the other hand, I like Microsoft's forthright attitude here. I think it takes a fair amount of guts to come clean like this.

Am I giving Microsoft too much credit or not enough? Tell it to me straight at [email protected]

Posted by Doug Barney on March 31, 2010 at 11:53 AM


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