By Andrea James
The Microsoft Blog
March 20, 2009
A 25-year-old German graduate student who goes only by Nils has hacked
Internet Explorer 8, along with Safari and Firefox, at CanSecWest's
CanSecWest is a security conference that is being held at the Sheraton
Wall Centre hotel in downtown Vancouver, B.C.
Microsoft is one of 16 listed sponsors. The conference started Monday
and ends today.
The hacking competition is just one portion of a larger conference, but
it gets most of the attention. This year, the hackers set to crack the
major Internet browsers and mobile devices such as the Blackberry,
iPhone, G1 Android phone and other smart phones.
Nils exploited all three of the browsers within 30 minutes, a conference
"He hasn't told everybody his last name. Everybody's been trying to get
contact information, and he wont give his last name," conference
spokeswoman Melissa Pelto said.
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