By Gregg Keizer
October 18, 2010
Microsoft said Monday that an "unprecedented wave" of attacks are
exploiting vulnerabilities in Oracle's Java software.
According to a manager at Microsoft's Malware Protection Center (MMPC),
attempts to exploit Java bugs have skyrocketed in the past nine months,
climbing from less than half a million in the first quarter of 2010 to
more than 6 million in the third quarter.
"Some of our exploit 'malware' families were telling a scary story ...
an unprecedented wave of Java exploitation," said Holly Stewart, a
senior program manager at the MMPC, in a post to the team's blog Monday.
Stewart went on to call the jump in Java attacks "scary" and added, "The
spike in exploitation was surprising to say the least."
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