| By Robert Vamosi |
A recent blog by the Microsoft Malware Protection Center reported that attacks on Java code far exceeded Adobe exploits in 2010.
In light of this finding, it’s time to review your PC for any unneeded or out-of-date versions of Oracle’s OS.
A new exploit circumvents Java security
Cyber criminals are no longer attacking operating systems; like predators chasing a herd, they’re scouting out the weakest applications residing on our desktops. Adobe Acrobat, for example, has been such favorite prey that Adobe started a new quarterly update cycle. Now, cyber criminals have their sights on a new target, an app many of us might have forgotten about — Java.
Some readers also took issue with our description of Java as an operating system. It might be more precisely described as a software platform.
We apologize for the error.
Java (Wiki page) is an object-oriented operating system that runs within a sandbox; all Java applets are supposed to run only within their virtual machine. That’s supposed to keep system OSes — such as Linux, Mac, and Windows — inaccessible to Java-based malware. But a new version of the Koobface Trojan (reported in an Oct. 27 PCMag.com story) can infect both Windows and Mac operating systems through Java.