Department of Homeland Security advises computer users to disable Java

WASHINGTON – 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.




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Department of Homeland Security advises computer users to disable Java

  1. This is misleading, the issue is only in the web plugin, a separate component to java itself.

  2. Java 7 0day Actively Exploited In The Wild

    There is a 0day vulnerability (identified flaw, with no patch available) being actively exploited across the Internet in Java. This 0day has already been incorporated into Cool Exploit Kit and Blackhole, in addition to Nuclear Pack and Redkit. Proof of concept code is already publicly available. Expect to see fully functioning exploit code incorporated into even more exploit frameworks soon.
    This vulnerability affects Java 7 versions up to and including the current version of Java, 7u10.
    How to avoid being Exploited
    1) Disable Java entirely
    2) If you don’t need Java, remove it from your system entirely
    3) Lower and manage desktop privileges

    • I removed it over a year ago, and haven’t even noticed that it’s missing and I’m a heavy user of a lot of different types of material on the web. A very few websites do need it and for some games it’s a must. Apparently Minecraft (?) is one of them. Which is also widely used by mainly teens. For those types of things, if you have to play or use, keep Java, but disabled, only enabling when you have to. And yes, while it’s easy to do, to actually find out how to do it does take a few minutes of digging and patience. Oracle’s own site will tell you how. Better safe than sorry.

  3. Could the Department of Homeland Securty please explain to us how we are supposed to run our computers and our lives without it???

    • You disable it in your browsers. That and you only run Java programs in your computer that you know are safe. In other words, don’t be clueless and just be clicking on an email link from a friend that’s a java program! Look to see what the link is underlying which appears at the bottom of the browser, not what it says in words that can fool.

  4. do you think for 1 min. I would believe anything the United States government says? Think again. Falsified wars! Bohemian Grove, satanic worship; 9/11. Shall I go on; and they think that this piece of software is going to allow supposedly alleged hackers inroads into our computers? I think not it’s not the hackers you have to worry about. If our government CIA FBI and block operations people. Also ceases Canada and RCMP; they are the ones that will be heading up a police state very soon people; and they will also be justifying LookOut were going to have a space invasion and we must prepare ourselves; and build a bigger space station; with multiple weapons at our disposal; have you not heard that before during the Reagan era? Star Wars; nuclear weapons in space??

    • ummm… yeah. Right on! Tell it like it is bro!

    • Homeland security is just the messenger here. And they’re not telling you to do anything. They’re offering advice which originated from the real people in the real world who deal with real computer security issues.

  5. You’d think with that kind of money, Oracle could actually do something about it but Java has been a serious security risk for years now.

  6. I’m inclined to be more worried about Bill Gates and Microsoft than I could ever be about Larry Ellison and Oracle.

    Bill Gates is an Obama pussy and Microsoft Windows spends more time accessing my computers than I do.

    • As if microsoft gives a whoop about what goes on in your machine. I’d be far more worried (if I was of the super-paranoid bent) of our supreme overlord google, whose lips smack with satisfaction every time you add sheckles to their bank account by doing as little as clicking on a link that takes you to almost any site that has ads.
      And believe me, if you have Java running (as opposed to javascript, which has nothing to do with Java and their applets, then you probably should be PLENTY worried about Ellison and Oracle.

  7. lol… let’s see. 99.9% of people would ave no clue how to disable Java. They may as well tell people not to use computers.

  8. If you don’t have the latest Java version, you won’t find the button you are supposed to uncheck. I’ve posted instructions (for Windows machines) about how to handle it if you don’t have the latest version (ie. can’t find the screen with the slider and uncheck button) The instructions are at http://frankonlinemarketing.com/disablejava

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