The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable Oracle Corp’s Java software, amplifying security experts’ prior warnings to hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses that use it to surf the Web.
Hackers have figured out how to exploit Java to install malicious software enabling them to commit crimes ranging from identity theft to making an infected computer part of an ad-hoc network of computers that can be used to attack websites.
Malicious software is nothing new to the cyber security world. So-called malware is what unscrupulous folk use to disrupt or gather sensitive data from our desktop computers. Targeted attacks with malware have been relatively unseen on smartphones, those other computers we carry around that are teeming with personal data.
More and more SMEs are adopting the policy which allows people to bring in their own laptops and tablets to work on – giving them access to emails, fileservers and databases.
The policy is aimed at making people more productive and reducing overheads for SMEs, but Smoothwall’s experts warn it can put businesses at major risk from cyber-threats and possible legal action.