A pair of hackers created a sensation earlier when they announced that the Firefox Web browser, commonly perceived as the safer and more customizable alternative to market leader Internet Explorer, is critically flawed. The hackers had claimed that the browser’s handling of scripting language, Javascript, is vulnerable from security point of view.

But now one of the two hackers has admitted that it was all a hoax. He clarifies that it was just ‘humorous’ to spread the word about ‘unsecure’ Firefox.

An interesting development in the whole episode was the reaction of Window Snyder, Mozilla’s security chief upon watching a video of the presentation by the hackers. Snyder said that this issue appears to be a “real vulnerability”.

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