Crackers have been exploiting a flaw shared by all versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer in order to steal computer games password. In a move which could be seen as an admittal of incompetence, Microsoft suggested using another browser until they come up with a fix.
Many people mistakenly hold the belief that Bill Gates invented the Internet. Au contraire! In 1994, the Microsoft co-founder admitted to seeing “little commercial potential for the Internet for at least ten years” , leaving plenty of room for the paid-for Netscape Navigator to rise unchallenged.
Microsoft eventually jumped on the World Wide Web bandwagon and came up with several cunning plans aimed at coercing Windows users in using its household application: first they gave Internet Explorer away for free. Then they pre-installed it on Windows. And finally, to elude allegations of monopolistic practices, Microsoft attempted to merge Internet Explorer with Windows Explorer, embedding it so deep in the operating system that it was said to be impossible to remove. This last move was the final blow to Netscape, which dissapearance left Microsoft in a dominant position and led to the United States v. Microsoft civil actions. The computing giant got its finger slapped and ironically, the collapse of Netscape stirred the creation of the Mozilla foundation, from which would rise Firefox. Netscape was beheaded, but its offspring is now biting Microsoft’s heel.
…it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel
book of Genesis, chapter 3, verse 15b
Internet Explorer thus became the most widely-used Web browser. The real inventor of the Internet as we got to know it, Tim Berner-Lee, presides over the World Wide Web consortium, a body responsible for safeguarding the universality of the Internet. Yet each new release of Internet Explorer kept on failing to meet those standards, and it recent discoveries have shown that the browser has never been safe… well there is also the possibility that some of those flaws could be attributed to the Windows operating system on which Internet Explorer does runs.