Oracle preparing response to Java hacking fears

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 16:17 29/08/2012

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Oracle is understood to be preparing a statement on a security scare over its Java software that has left many computer users unsure what to do.

Some computer security firms urged personal computers users to disable Java software on their computers because of a fault in the latest version of Java that could let hackers infect and then gain control of their computers.

Java is installed on the vast majority of computers and security companies said users need only visit an infected website to fall victim.

An Oracle spokeswoman said she could not comment yet, but she believed advice was on the way.

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) said the fault in Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.7 was already being exploited by hackers and it was unaware of a practical solution other than disabling Java - which it said might not be straightforward if computer users were using Internet Explorer on Microsoft Vista or newer Microsoft operating systems. 

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