Experts recommend disabling Java due to new security threat

7:39 AM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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Computer experts have once again detected a security vulnerability in Java that hackers are exploiting to infiltrate computers.

According to tech website Digital Trends, researchers identified a "remote code execution vulnerability in Java 7 Update 10 and earlier versions" that allows hackers to "execute arbitrary code on an exposed machine."

The Computing Readiness Team said they had yet to identify a workaround to safeguard against malicious attacks, and suggested disabling Java altogether until application creator Oracle could come up with repairs.

For those unable to completely disable Java, the team recommended disabling it on one's main browser and keeping it confined to a separate browser.

Digital Trends says Java's presence across the majority of computers makes it an attractive target to hackers.

Read the Digital Trends Java explainer for more information and instructions on disabling the application.


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