U.S. Govt: Hackers Using Java

    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 11:  Sun Microsystems chairman and co-founder Scott McNealy (L) shakes hands with Java founder James Gosling during a keynote address at the 2009 Oracle Open World conference October 11, 2009 in San Francisco, California. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison kicked off the 2009 Oracle Open World conference that runs through October 15.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Scott McNealy;James Gosling

    Justin Sullivan

    Get rid of your Java—the software, that is. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is urging computer users to disable Oracle’s Java software in their Web browser in order to avoid being hacked. In the past few months, researchers have discovered a weakness in Java security that could allow for installation of malware and increase the chance of identity theft by hackers. The DHS Computer Emergency Readiness Team hasn’t yet found a way to debug the system, but warned on its website that the software’s “vulnerability is being attacked in the wild” and being made into publicly available exploit kits.

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