Friday, July 11, 2008

The Browser Insecurity Iceburg

The Web browser Insecurity Iceberg represents the number of Internet users at risk because they don’t use the latest most secure Web browsers and plug-ins to surf the Web. This paper has quantified the visible portion of the Insecurity Iceberg (above the waterline) using passive evaluation techniques - which amounted to more than 600 million users at risk not running the latest most secureWeb browser version in June 2008..

Courtesy: Understanding the Web browser Threat: Examination of vulnerable online Web browser populations and the "insecurity iceburg"

They have used Google's search data (made privacy preserving) to gather these statistics. You'll find other interesting statistics in the paper as well. It's a good idea to upgrade our browsers to the latest versions prevent from being target of browser based attacks.

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