The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned users to disable or uninstall Java software on their computers, amid continuing fears and an escalation in warnings from security experts that hundreds of millions of business and consumer users are vulnerable to a serious flaw.
Hackers have discovered a weakness in Java 7 security that could allow the installation of malicious software and malware on machines that could increase the chance of identity theft, or the unauthorized participation in a botnet that could bring down networks or be used to carry out denial-of-service attacks against Web sites.
“We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem,” said the DHS’ Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) in a post on its Web site on Thursday evening. “This vulnerability is being attacked in the wild, and is reported to be incorporated into exploit kits. Exploit code for this vulnerability is also publicly available.”
It’s not uncommon for the U.S. government — or any other government agency — to advise against security threats, but rarely does an agency actively warn to disable software; rather they offer advice to mitigate such threats or potential attacks, such as updating software on their systems.
At this point, I am unable to believe anything the government says, nor am I able to take any advice they provide seriously. I believe they always lie and are always up to no good. So I refuse to disable Java.
I guess this is the nature of being opposed to most government. Eventually, you go too far to turn back. Once you see something, you can’t unsee it. Thankfully, I don’t feel too bad for rejecting this advice from known liars.