ALERT: A caution on the ongoing hacker attack on the Java programming language
|January 22, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Culture, News, Off Topic, Society|
Off topic, but important as a service to UD’s readers. HERE.
Pardon, I took some days before commenting, until I found some useful info beyond the media panic headlines. Notice the clip from Oracle’s advisory, the link to the FAQ and the further link on gory technical details.
The bottomline is that over the past year Java has apparently been the vector used for 50% of hacking attacks, and Adobe reader has been used for 28%. Internet Explorer and Windows — the “traditional” targets of hobbyist hackers and those who hack for money from organised crime or spy agencies — by contrast, have gone way down. At least, as percentages.
Hacking is not going away, and we need to take proper precautions, or we may find our computers used as vehicles for attacks on web sites, with all that that also implies about what else the software is sniffing out on our machines — passwords, online financial transactions, etc no doubt.
I trust this will be helpful to all who come to UD.
And, this being an intelligent design site, we should ask: what are the odds that such hacking has come about by unlucky noise on the Internet that has somehow constructed such programs? END