The Oracle Corp. released a fix for its Java software. Users are requested to update their Java accordingly as without this fix their web browsers are susceptible to intrusion by hackers. However even as the patch was issued the US State Department officials continued to recommend the users to disable Java in their web browsers.
Java 7 released in 2011 had a serious flaw which Oracle said that after installing its Update 11 will fix the problem. The Problem was that a special code to take advantage of security lapse was being sold in the black market to Internet hackers who used its to steal credit card information, bank details, personal information etc. The special code was being sold at $1500.00 each, but made the complex hacking relatively easy for complete noobs. Kaspersky Lab estimated that a 50% of all web hackings took place due to above fact with Adobe Reader accounting for 28 %
It is better to switch of your Java for a while till the loopholes are sorted out. Please read my articles dated 2.2.2013 regarding the mess created by this loophole. Click on Label titled Security loophole in Java and you will get all articles relating to this serious issue.
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Vijay V Prabhu