February 2013

What to do about Java?

In recent months the programming language Java has been in the news a lot, mainly because of its association with virus infections. By most reliable accounts, over one-half of all recent malware infections have been accomplished by exploiting vulnerabilities in Java.

Java was first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995, which was subsequently acquired by database software company Oracle. According to the Oracle web site, "Java runs on more than 850 million personal computers worldwide, and on billions of devices worldwide, including mobile and TV devices."