Disable Java On Computers To Avoid Hacker Attacks, Government Says

WASHINGTON (January 11, 2013)--The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued an advisory that says users should temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacker attacks.

The advisory was issued in response to concerns raised by computer security experts who believe hackers have found a flaw in Java's coding that creates an opening for criminal activity and other high-tech mischief.

Java is a widely used technical language that allows computer programmers to write a wide variety of Internet applications and other software programs that can run on just about any computer's operating system.

Oracle Corp. bought Java as part of a $7.3 billion acquisition of the software's creator, Sun Microsystems, in 2010.

Oracle, which is based in Redwood Shores, Calif., had no immediate comment late Friday.

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