Firefox and Opera benefit from Operation Aurora fall-out

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the high profile “Operation Aurora” hack attack against Google and some 30 other companies has been good news for some firms. Namely, the makers of the Firefox and Opera web browser.

A zero-day vulnerability in versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has been receiving a lot of the flak in connection with the hacks which allegedly targeted the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

Even though it seems unlikely that the hackers only exploited one vulnerability in one product, the Internet Explorer security hole has been receiving a huge amount of attention – culminating, perhaps, in the…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.