January 25, 2013
You might need a lot of Starbucks to deal with the problems of a Java Exploit attack!
Computer hackers are taking advantage of the Java Exploit, a bug in Java software regularly used with Internet browsers. The problem? The Java Exploit installs malicious software. When the malicious software is installed, that PC or Mobile device is susceptible to identity theft crimes. How? The infected computer can become part of an ad-hoc network used to steal personal information–hackers can use your computer as a proxy for malicious behavior.
Java is a computer language. It enables programmers to write software code that runs on most computers, including those using Microsoft Windows and Apple’s OS X and Linux systems.
UFIT’s Office of Information Security and Compliance recommends that Java be uninstalled from your PC/device if it is not critical to your academic or business process needs. Please check with your workstation support staff if you are unsure whether Java is required. Java can always be reinstalled, and doing so will mean the latest version (v7u11) is on your device. Another recommendation is to limit use of Java to a browser not used for day-to-day casual Web browsing. (For example, if your default Internet browser is Google Chrome, then install another browser, like Firefox or IE, to use with Java.)
Faculty and staff should ask workstation support staff in their area for assistance uninstalling Java or downloading a second browser. Students, faculty, and staff may get assistance uninstalling Java on their personal devices from the UF Computing Help Desk.