$100,000 for a browser hack?

According to this article from The Register, "a reliably exploitable IE vulnerability now fetches $100,000 on the black market." While the dollar figure itself may be debatable, one fact isn't: most hackers are in it for the money, the rest are security researchers. At the Pwn2Own 2009 competition, "Nils", a student from the University of Oldenburg in Germany, was able to compromise Safari, IE8, and Firefox.

"Virtually any internet-facing software can be proven vulnerable to real-world exploits." Gentlefolks, start your virtual machines (for an extra degree of protection).

Src: A grim day for browser security at hacker contest | The Register

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