Microsoft also falls to malware, small number of PCs affected

Microsoft has just revealed via their Security Response Center that they have fallen victim to a recent cyberattack facilitated by a Java security issue, similar to the attacks experienced by Apple and Facebook. Microsoft's Matt Thomlinson reveals that a "small number of computers" were infected by malicious software, including some in their Mac business unit, however they "have no evidence of customer data being affected".

Rather than simply revealing they had been affected by malware as soon as it was apparent, Microsoft chose not to make a statement during their information gathering process. Apparently the type of attack "is no surprise to Microsoft", with the company continually re-evaluating their security systems to cope with an ever-changing landscape of virtual threats, and to prevent further attacks on their network.

The particular piece of malware likely in question here, which was a zero-day Java vulnerability injected into an iOS developer site, has been just one of a number of Java-related security issues cropping up this year. It's also not going to be the last, as hackers continually look to new vulnerabilities and threats to try and access unauthorized data, meaning it's more important than ever to strongly protect vital corporate systems.

Source: Microsoft

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Java has more holes than an emmental cheese...
if someone still has to use it, at least disable the web plugin, or configure it to run only on the website you need it for, disabling it for anything else.

mocax said,
just remove java as a web browser plugin. it's obsolete anyway.

Drossel said,
Just kill Java once and for all.

Wish that were that easy, however, my online school still uses it.

Black Board still uses Java. -

so for now I can't remove it. (only thing I can do) is try and keep it up to date.

redvamp128 said,

..
Doesn't matter what reason you use Java for, many will just cry about it.

Java has its advantages and has its disadvantages. I still use Java for several reasons.
Scientists use Java allot. It is also one of the few languages that has such a strong multi-platform presence, even outside just Windows, OSX and Linux... there's a ton more OS's out there that run Java.

redvamp128 said,

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Doesn't matter what reason you use Java for, many will just cry about it.

Java has its advantages and has its disadvantages. I still use Java for several reasons.
Scientists use Java allot. It is also one of the few languages that has such a strong multi-platform presence, even outside just Windows, OSX and Linux... there's a ton more OS's out there that run Java.

You know... This isn't that bad. Windows is known for grabbing viruses....

But the expression of those Fanbois having their all-so-protected-unbreakable fortress (Apple) getting hacked..... It doesn't have price.

For other else, use Mastercard

Jose_49 said,
You know... This isn't that bad. Windows is known for grabbing viruses....

But the expression of those Fanbois having their all-so-protected-unbreakable fortress (Apple) getting hacked..... It doesn't have price.

For other else, use Mastercard

so what you are?

Irony is deep here, a java attack launched from a iOS dev site infecting a small number of machines including macs.

Oh the Irony.

duddit2 said,
Irony is deep here, a java attack launched from a iOS dev site infecting a small number of machines including macs.

Oh the Irony.


whats the irony there?