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Embarrassing Firefox pranksters

Two of the presenters at the ToorCon 8 event embarrassed themselves by pulling a prank on the media and Mozilla.  The two claimed to have remotely compromised Mozilla Firefox when in fact they had only crashed it.
Written by George Ou, Contributor

Two of the presenters at the ToorCon 8 event embarrassed themselves by pulling a prank on the media and Mozilla.  The two claimed to have remotely compromised Mozilla Firefox when in fact they had only crashed it.  They have now backpedaled and retracted their statement with this letter to Mozilla stating that it was meant to be "humorous" but no one in the security community found it to be amusing.  As for the claim that they had 30 zero-day vulnerabilities, Mischa Spiegelmock blamed his co-presenter Andrew Wbeelsoi and said he had nothing to do with it.  Unfortunately for Spiegelmock, the time to speak up would have been Saturday during the presentation.

Taking the cautious and responsible approach, Window Snyder (Chief of Mozilla security) was still concerned about the crash in Mozilla Firefox and is treating it as a potentially serious flaw.  Snyder stated that Spiegelmock was cooperating with Mozilla.

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