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New Java exploit is in the wild, has the potential to affect more than 850 million computers

Up to 850 million computers are vulnerable to a new Java exploit
By: Anthony Garreffa | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 8:36 am

There's a new exploit on the block which has pushed security experts to recommend that users disable or uninstall Java altogether after they've found a zero-day Java exploit which lets hackers gain control of your PC.




The exploit targets a vulnerability left open in Java 7 Update 10, which was released in October 2012. The exploit works by getting Java users to visit a website that has malicious code, which takes advantage of a security gap to take control of users' computers.


Just after this story broke, Oracle pushed out Java SE 7 Update 11 which supposedly addressed the exploit. Oracle "strongly recommends" that Java SE 7 users upgrade immediately.


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