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Being a relatively cruel person, I do love stories like this that take Firefox users off their ‘it’s SO much more secure’ pedestal.
Multiple vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to install malicious code or steal personal data have been discovered in the Mozilla Suite and the Firefox open source browser.
Yes, the Mozilla browsers are inherently more secure than IE, but they also have their own flaws (both within and outside of security issues), and there is a degree of security through obscurity which will become a useless defence as the browser becomes more popular.
Mozilla is undoubtedly more secure. But it’s not necessarily ‘better’.