The Department of Homeland Security is advising all computer users to temporarily disable Java due to a security threat.
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.
Instructions for disabling Java can be found here. I tried doing it that way but neither the laptop nor the PC gave me the option of disabling it from the control panel, so I disabled it in the browsers using these instructions. Java hasn’t yet released a security update, but they say they’re working on it. Until then, the threat remains.
Hackers have figured out a way to exploit Java to install malicious software enabling them to commit crimes ranging from identity theft to making an infected computer part of an ad-hoc network of computers that can be used to attack websites.