[at-l] OT java scare

Tom McGinnis sloetoe at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 15 08:54:13 CST 2013

Just joining in...
I didn't hear what was on NPR this morning, but over the weekend, and I think around noon, they mentioned this in the general flow of news, and the solution was pronounced as "simple" and "easy": google something like "disable java plug-in" and follow the 2-3 steps provided from any of the software websites.
MY issue is two part: 
1) my trading platform is java-based (as is my browser and any OpenOffice stuff I'm operating), AND
2) as true with most traders, I operate with a firewall only, because there isn't an anti-virus yet that won't turn your computer to SLUDGE.

So.... so I'll be reading this 'ere thread with some modicum of in'erest!


--- On Tue, 1/15/13, RockDancer <rockdancer97 at comcast.net> wrote:

(Feel free to respond to me privately.)  The java scare was mentioned again this morning on NPR. Some of you on the list are quite expert about computer things so I wanted to check with you:  1. This only affects users with Java 7.0?  2. Any idea how an infection will show itself? I have a pretty hygienic computer system but I’m now plagued by at least 5 emails a day that penetrate and are captured by Microsoft Outlook. It’s been going on for about 6 weeks. The sudden onset concerns me and I may have to take steps. Anyone know if the timing is right for this java problem to be the root cause?  3. I know that infections can be used to do more than steer crap email to our machines. They might make my machine act as an unseen host of attacks onto others & other malicious stuff. No one in the news has reported about how to correct for the consequences of the java problem.  Thanks – Arthur  Arthur D. GaudetRockDancer on the Appalachian
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