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UK Company Proves Your Browser is Open to Attack

A UK company has successfully hacked Firefox and Safari to prove that companies around the world are leaving themselves vulnerable to attack.

The security systems were successfully breached during the CanSec West Conference - an annual event aimed at highlighting browser insecurity.

A Principle researcher at MWR InfoSecurity effectively exploited the Firefox browser to show that security flaws are still present despite continued efforts by the leading browser company.

The Technical Director for MWR InfoSecurity, Martyn Ruks commented: "The continued presence of security vulnerabilities in browser software is being overlooked by companies worldwide when they are considering their security."

He continued: "Their network security may be fine but they could still be at risk from browser based attacks. This is what has proved in Canada and it could cost companies dearly."

"The continued presence of vulnerabilities in browser software tends to be greatly overlooked by companies when considering their security posture."

"An attack launched against a web browser not utilizing all available security controls is powerful as there is a high likelihood that the exploit will be able to circumvent many of the inbuilt security measures integrated into the underlying operating system."

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