A report from Symantec has stated that Mozilla Web browsers are currently potentially more vulnerable to attack than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE), and it also said that today’s hackers are still focusing their efforts on IE. This makes sense since that’s the largest installed base and a bigger target for hackers, virus writers, etc. Whatever browser has the most users will have the most people trying to hack it, it won’t matter how good their security is, they will still try to find a way to exploit the browser.
Mozilla browsers, such as the popular Firefox, have always been seen as more secure than IE, which has suffered many security problems and exploits in the past. Mitchell Baker, president and chief lizard wrangler of the Mozilla Foundation, insisted earlier this year that all of the Mozilla browsers were fundamentally more secure than IE, and would not face as many problems as IE even as their marker share grows. But Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report Volume VIII contains data for the first six months of this year that may not agree with this perception.
There is one caveat: Symantec counts only those security flaws that have been confirmed by the vendor. According to security monitoring company Secunia, there are 19 security issues that Microsoft still has to deal with for Internet Explorer, while there are only three for Firefox.
Sure. There are always different ways you can spin stories, and always something that’s not included. From, news.com.