Jan. 14, 2008
Web browsers top Internet vulnerability list (Jan. 14, 2008): For the first time, Web browser attacks top the list of the [[xref: http://www.sans.org/press/top10menaces08.php|Top 10 Cyber Security Menaces for 2008| Top Ten Cyber Security Menaces for 2008]] compiled by SANS Institute. The infosec research group says malicious code placed on popular, trusted Web sites is exploiting components of Web browsers, such as Flash and QuickTime. These attacks are gaining in sophistication and becoming more common. In December 2008, Microsoft would announce a " [[xref: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9123398/Microsoft_sees_huge_increase_in_IE_attacks|huge increase | Microsoft sees 'huge increase' in IE attacks]]" in Internet Explorer attacks, one of several times Microsoft must scramble to patch a browser vulnerability.