US government tells computer users to disable Java

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posted on Jan, 11 2013 @ 09:49 PM
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Originally posted by WP4YT
DO IT NOW.

I was just browsing ATS, the only site I was browsing. And all of the sudden my computer rebooted and a screen came up saying my computer was locked. It had a US Department of Justice logo on it, saying that I have been found of pirating software, and looking at pictures of underage minors (WHICH I HAVE NOT, TO EITHER ONE!!) and requested that I paid $300 through some fishy looking Chinese payment system or I would go to prison if I did not pay the fine.

After restarting my computer several times and using windows boot disk, and doing safe mode it went away, and my antivirus detected it as a severe keylogger/trojan which it cleaned out. But seriously, how they heck did they do that by only me browsing ATS?

Seriously, disable JAVA. NOW.

Actually, as of typing this, I found this virus online:
blog.yoocare.com...

Even has images of what it does...


The only thing I can think of, is somehow JAVA caused it. I haven't downloaded anything in quite a while, at all. I only use my computer for browsing ATS and other political forums, and also doing graphic editing and 3D modelling.



Probably from a sketchy advertisement using something like this




Drive-by exploits, in which a user visits a website and then is sent to further sites to upload malware, are being used to target users with defence, foreign policy, and humanitarian interests, the Foundation said.

www.zdnet.com...

Do it people and try to avoid ever installing it again. Nothing but headaches and it's the only way I've been infected (at least an obvious infection) in years!
edit on 11-1-2013 by oniraug because: (no reason given)




posted on Jan, 11 2013 @ 09:53 PM
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That Java tester site said if you are running Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7, there is no way to turn off Java.
Guess I'm screwed then.
lol



posted on Jan, 11 2013 @ 10:21 PM
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Originally posted by oniraug

Originally posted by WP4YT
DO IT NOW.

I was just browsing ATS, the only site I was browsing. And all of the sudden my computer rebooted and a screen came up saying my computer was locked. It had a US Department of Justice logo on it, saying that I have been found of pirating software, and looking at pictures of underage minors (WHICH I HAVE NOT, TO EITHER ONE!!) and requested that I paid $300 through some fishy looking Chinese payment system or I would go to prison if I did not pay the fine.

After restarting my computer several times and using windows boot disk, and doing safe mode it went away, and my antivirus detected it as a severe keylogger/trojan which it cleaned out. But seriously, how they heck did they do that by only me browsing ATS?

Seriously, disable JAVA. NOW.

Actually, as of typing this, I found this virus online:
blog.yoocare.com...

Even has images of what it does...


The only thing I can think of, is somehow JAVA caused it. I haven't downloaded anything in quite a while, at all. I only use my computer for browsing ATS and other political forums, and also doing graphic editing and 3D modelling.



Probably from a sketchy advertisement using something like this




Drive-by exploits, in which a user visits a website and then is sent to further sites to upload malware, are being used to target users with defence, foreign policy, and humanitarian interests, the Foundation said.

www.zdnet.com...

Do it people and try to avoid ever installing it again. Nothing but headaches and it's the only way I've been infected (at least an obvious infection) in years!
edit on 11-1-2013 by oniraug because: (no reason given)

must be from an ad, i think you are right

my antiviral program said it was in my fire fox cache where the virus was located. amazing how it was able to restart my computer without running any command lines



posted on Jan, 11 2013 @ 10:52 PM
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Interesting.......

I just completed a vulnerability scan on my system, and there was NO vulnerability detected with Java. The program I use has detected such before, but there isn't a current threat with that program now. This makes me highly suspicious of this government warning.



posted on Jan, 12 2013 @ 01:04 AM
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You can pry my minecraft from my cold dead hands...



posted on Jan, 12 2013 @ 02:26 AM
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Should we disable Java and JavaScript???

What is the difference?

I am confused


I just installed the FF plugin from the first page...looks handy



posted on Jan, 12 2013 @ 05:25 AM
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I just tried to update my Java, and when I reopened my browser window, it was turned off, with no way to turn it back on. It doesn't show up in my Add/Remove Programs, and it doesn't show up in my Add-ons Manager. I went to the Java website to test and re-install, but when I began the re-install, it said it was already installed. In other words, Oracle knows, and, yes, disable your Java.

reply to post by daaskapital
 


Java and Javascript are two completely different and separate languages, developed by two different companies. There is no need to disable Javascript, just Java.



posted on Jan, 12 2013 @ 05:59 AM
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You're using IE? I can tell you with 100% certainty that not even Microsoft developers use IE. It's that bad of a browser. They advertise it because it's a Microsoft product, but they don't trust it, even though it's their own software. Install Firefox or Chrome, and use that instead.

Besides, there are many other vulnerabilities in IE, other than not being able to disable Java, that aren't there in other browsers. For one, Microsoft has a non-tracking code enabled by default, but advertisers banned together against it, under their title of the Association of National Advertisers, saying they would not comply, and would purposely go out of their way to exploit anyone who uses IE, but leave users of other browsers alone, even when people use Do Not Track and other programs, simply because of this. They said that they had a right to know our information (even though they really don't), that we do not have the right to not be tracked (which is BULL) and people need to opt-out of being tracked/targeted, not opt-in, because otherwise they can't make money.

In other words, by using IE, you are setting yourself up to be targeted and tracked. Please do yourself a favor and change browsers, then install Do Not Track or a similar browser add-on. Mozilla Firefox is completely free, and since it is open-source but private, it is the safest browser out there currently. I don't trust Google enough to install their software (at least not on my laptop where I do my actual web-surfing).
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posted on Jan, 12 2013 @ 09:54 AM
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I cant disable.

The only option I have is to remove it.




posted on Jan, 12 2013 @ 01:16 PM
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I read something about this over the summer. Java knew about it but has not fixed the problem yet. I have no idea why but I am still learning how to program in Java. Wish I would have picked up a different language...



posted on Jan, 12 2013 @ 01:58 PM
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Originally posted by MoonChild02
reply to post by daaskapital
 


Java and Javascript are two completely different and separate languages, developed by two different companies. There is no need to disable Javascript, just Java.


Ah, thanks heaps mate!!!



posted on Jan, 12 2013 @ 02:37 PM
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Im with some of these others........im not doing anything the DHS says to do in masse........sorry just seems fishy, especially since its only Americans.........

I run bit defender, and some other things in the back ground as well as an IP changer..........

Im sure all will be fine



posted on Jan, 13 2013 @ 12:09 PM
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Originally posted by Itaska
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I trust what the USA government says on this. After all, what would they have to gain by telling a lie? So I disabled Java in all my browsers and then I deleted all Java from the computer - it took me about 2 hours because I don't know computer stuff good, but it is all done. When I am sure Java has made correct the security problems than I might reinstall it.

So we should give the high sign to the USA government for helping us with a warning on it....


edit on 11-1-2013 by Itaska because: smile


This is sarcasm right? I mean to say I think your joking, I hope.
I haven't read to much about this as I think it is simply ridiculous. This message is clearly targeted at users who have no idea how their computers or the net run or communicate at all.
JAVA is one of many languages, but is one of the simplest and also one of the main ones used. I think JAVA powers about 15% of the net, or somewhere around there,( so you just blocked yourself out from a good portion of the web, good job). They teach it to 16 years as part of regular high school computer science curriculum.
Interestingly none of the Govt. friendly sites like Facebook or any Microsoft ones. About a third of all traffic on the not so popular with the Govt., Google is hitting Java though.
Not quite sure why JAVA is so vulnerable or dangerous being as other languages such as xtml ones are just as simple, and as widely known or more.
edit on 13-1-2013 by Elohimsciences because: I meant top put a response under the quaote
edit on 13-1-2013 by Elohimsciences because: typo



posted on Jan, 13 2013 @ 01:50 PM
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Why would anyone trust a government as crooked as the USA is, but crack politicians, hand in your wallet bankers, a government that wants our guns, a government that does not know who the potus is, a potus who calls America "China", a government with Muslim brotherhood guards everywhere - do I smell a hoax?



posted on Jan, 13 2013 @ 02:40 PM
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But I need java for Minecraft and paying bills via online bank, so gonna leave it on ^^
You people need to install adblock+, keeps the malicious ads away.



posted on Jan, 13 2013 @ 02:50 PM
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Originally posted by Superhans
You can pry my minecraft from my cold dead hands...


Sounds like half of my household, lol!

In any case, Kaspersky didn't find ANY issues with Java. The program has a vulnerability scan, and it did mention that my flash player needed an update, but not the Java. Since Java has come up on the scans before, I don't believe this is a real threat.



posted on Jan, 13 2013 @ 10:07 PM
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Wow?
Is everyone really just talking about Java?

Firstly it's just the client side Runtine Environment, which I don't consider widely used.
At least for me, server side java is fine because all you get is HTML and scripts.

In any case..... that's all you have to say?
You are okay with the Govt. taking a role as the spokesperson for Internet Security?

Shame on ya'll!
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posted on Jan, 13 2013 @ 10:49 PM
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Originally posted by ModernAcademia

You are okay with the Govt. taking a role as the spokesperson for Internet Security?


Of course we do.. They know how the series of tubes works, where have you been?

On a side note, they say that java 7 is only affected not java 6, so if you take 50 yrs to update things like I do then you should be fine.. But i don't go on unknown sites anyway and neither does my wife so we are fine.



posted on Jan, 14 2013 @ 12:47 AM
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Applications of many companies are created using Java/J2EE and the US government suggest to disable it? so what is the alternative?



posted on Jan, 14 2013 @ 01:27 AM
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It seems Oracle has released an update to fix the problem.

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