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Saturday, January 12, 2013

US Government to Computer Users: Disable Java

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks.

The recommendation came in an advisory issued late Thursday, following up on concerns raised by computer security experts.

Experts believe hackers have found a flaw in Java's coding that creates an opening for criminal activity and other high-tech mischief.

Java is a widely used technical language that allows computer programmers to write a wide variety of Internet applications and other software programs that can run on just about any computer's operating system.

Oracle Corp. bought Java as part of a $7.3 billion acquisition of the software's creator, Sun Microsystems, in 2010.

Oracle, which is based in Redwood Shores, Calif., had no immediate comment late Friday.

2 comments:

  1. The article should make it absolutely clear that Oracle's Java is not the free and open source product that Sun left behind. Oracle is only interested in Java as a leverage for it's existing product and is stuffing as much propriety code in as possible.

    Ever since Oracle took over Java there has been one security breach after another. Why? Because Oracle are inserting back-doors and spy-ware which the hackers have exploited.

    When Java was designed it was designed with security in mind, Oracle have done a Redmond and trashed it.

    OpenJDK is the way forward for Java.

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  2. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computer?

    I don't think so!!!!!

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