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Firefox, Safari Share of Browser Market Falls

A new study has found that Mozilla Firefox’s and Apple Safari’s share of worldwide desktop and mobile browser users has fallen in the past two months. According to the research by Web-market-analysis firm Net Applications, Firefox’s total overall market share for June 2014 was 12.9 percent, the lowest in five years. Computerworld said the problem is Mozilla’s “inability to attract a mobile audience.” Moreover, the Firefox desktop version’s user share has fallen for the eighth consecutive month, dropping to 15.4 percent. Safari attracted 12.3 percent of browser users, down from 13.1 percent two months earlier. Its market share among mobile-only users dropped 14 percent to 7.8 percent in 90 days, according to Computerworld, which looked at changes between the April and June Net Applications figures. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer leads desktop browsers with a 58.4 percent market share, up slightly from 57.8 percent in April 2014. However, its mobile browser use was static at only 2 percent. Its overall browser market share is unchanged since April at 48.4 percent. Google had a combined desktop and mobile market share of 22.6 percent, up 1.5 percent compared to two months earlier. Opera Software’s share rose from 1.8 percent in April to 2.2 percent in June. (Computerworld)

Opera Says Network Attack Lets Hackers Certify Malware

Browser maker Opera Software says an attack on its internal network took advantage of its update service and led to the theft of at least one old and expired code-signing certificate that hackers used to sign malware, making it look legitimate to victims and thus safe to use. This has allowed them to distribute malicious software that incorrectly appears to have been published by Opera Software or appears to be the Opera browser, Opera stated. The company released no other details. Because of the scheme, any Windows user who downloaded the malware thinking it was the Opera browser and tried to install the browser on 19 June 2013 may have installed the malicious software instead. This is an example of how hackers are increasingly focusing attacks on software firms’ internal networks -- which allows them to have the ability sign files and to escalate their own privileges in order to move more freely within the network --  rather than individual users, according to security experts. (SlashDot)(Security Week)(The Opera Security Group)

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