Yesterday, Safari was taken out in mere second. Today, a researcher named ‘Nils’ performed a drive-by download attack against Internet Explorer 8 running in Windows 7 on a Sony Vaio laptop. Nils won $5000 (US) and got the laptop as well. He was able to take advantage of a ‘brilliant IE8 bug’. Details of the bug have been withheld.
Microsoft had a security response team at the contest and witnessed the drive-by first hand.
Nils also managed to hit Safari and then, later, exploited a zero-day flaw in Firefox to score the triple run.
This contest proves that no matter how much a developer tries-and these three browsers were developed by three of the top organizations on the planet-you cannot be 100% secure.
The contest ends on Friday, March 20.