By Gregg Keizer
August 20, 2009
Hackers using multi-exploit attack "toolkits" take defensive measures of
their own against other criminals, a security researcher said today.
"Exploit kit operators do use mainstream browsers, but they're much more
likely to use Opera than the average user, because they know that the
browser isn't targeted by other hackers," said Paul Royal, a principal
security researcher with Atlanta-based Purewire.
While the most generous Web measurements peg Opera, a browser made by
Norwegian company Opera Software, at a 2% share of the global market,
26% of the hackers who Purewire identified use the far-from-popular
Because of its small market share, few hackers bother to unleash
exploits for Opera vulnerabilities, said Royal.
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