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RichardB
28-08-2012, 15:19
A "zero day exploit" which allows hackers to access your computer has been found "live" on the internet. This exploit uses java which will almost certainly be installed on your computer.

Further details here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/27/disable_java_to_block_exploit/

To find out if you have java enabled on your computer go here: http://javatester.org/version.html

If you see a pink rectangle then you have java and it is enabled. Now, you need to disable it to protect yourself.

Instructions on how to disable java: http://antivirus.about.com/b/2010/10/13/why-and-how-to-disable-java.htm

RichardB
30-08-2012, 17:23
And the follow up.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/30/java_zero_day_latest/

Lost in moscow
30-08-2012, 18:54
The sad part is, I can't access my online banking without java.....

Nobbynumbnuts
30-08-2012, 19:45
The sad part is, I can't access my online banking without java.....

Oh f*ck, we're all doomed!

Never mind, i had this great idea. What if the banks opened branches in the high street, like shops? We could go in there and do our banking, face to face with a banker!

I know, wacky idea. It'll never catch on. :coffee:

Lost in moscow
30-08-2012, 20:22
If you can get my bank to open a branch in moscow, Id love you forever, until then no, not possible, but I still need access to my account. No other way to transfer funds from there to my moscow account.

Yet even though your sarcastic remark is totally ill thought out. Apparently you've got enough time to waste in your day to commute to a local branch, wait the line and then have to deal with ill trained personnel. I value my time more, and not only I, hence why online banking is so damn popular.

Nobbynumbnuts
30-08-2012, 21:45
If you can get my bank to open a branch in moscow, Id love you forever, until then no, not possible, but I still need access to my account. No other way to transfer funds from there to my moscow account.

Yet even though your sarcastic remark is totally ill thought out. Apparently you've got enough time to waste in your day to commute to a local branch, wait the line and then have to deal with ill trained personnel. I value my time more, and not only I, hence why online banking is so damn popular.

Christ, have we really become that beholden to the internet. Trust me, there were banks before online banking.
You can fax instructions, many banks have telephone banking too.
Or even post instructions, takes a little longer but if you know you have to make a payment, start the process earlier.

robertmf
30-08-2012, 21:57
If you can get my bank to open a branch in moscow, Id love you forever, until then no, not possible, but I still need access to my account. No other way to transfer funds from there to my moscow account.

Yet even though your sarcastic remark is totally ill thought out. Apparently you've got enough time to waste in your day to commute to a local branch, wait the line and then have to deal with ill trained personnel. I value my time more, and not only I, hence why online banking is so damn popular.

:iagree: "tellers" are pretty much an :floating: endangered species.

Lost in moscow
30-08-2012, 21:57
Why not give up your cell phone while your at it, go back to using your beeper.

Nobbynumbnuts
30-08-2012, 22:11
Why not give up your cell phone while your at it, go back to using your beeper.

Well, at the moment there's no need to. Using one is not a security threat and if it were i can assure you that it wouldn't be a problem for me to give up the mobile for a while.
That might get harder though. I was reading a report that in 5 years fixed line phones could be a thing of the past in offices and homes.

Lost in moscow
30-08-2012, 22:18
Cell phones aren't a security threat?? Really believe so?

They are probably one of the easiest devices to hack.

Not to mention that they are an enormous health threat.

TolkoRaz
30-08-2012, 22:24
Especially if it is an Android which are very easily hacked having their cameras and microphones activated remotely enabling 'hackers' to listen to your every word! ;)

robertmf
30-08-2012, 22:29
... Not to mention that they are an enormous health threat.

:doh: Will my cellphone give me brain cancer (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cellphones) :question:

robertmf
30-08-2012, 22:33
... That might get harder though. I was reading a report that in 5 years fixed line phones could be a thing of the past in offices and homes.

IMhO only the older generations are still using the landline. I use skype and the cell for a "home phone" and a data line for internet.

I haven't had the need for a landline phone in ..umm.. many moons.

Nobbynumbnuts
30-08-2012, 22:35
Cell phones aren't a security threat?? Really believe so?

They are probably one of the easiest devices to hack.

Not to mention that they are an enormous health threat.

They haven't been proven to be a health threat....yet. Besides, i don't use mine that much anyway.
I haven't heard of any immediate, serious, security threats yet, either.
If i do, i wont have a problem adapting. ;)

Lost in moscow
30-08-2012, 22:37
Especially if it is an Android which are very easily hacked having their cameras and microphones activated remotely enabling 'hackers' to listen to your every word! ;)

Can as easily replace the word "hackers" with FBI/FSB :)

TolkoRaz
30-08-2012, 22:50
Of course! That is why the licensing authorities licensed the Android in the first place because its very easily 'hackable'! ;)

TolkoRaz
30-08-2012, 23:28
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/12/android-vulnerability-allows-access-to-mic-camera-data/

There is plenty more Open Source information available on the WWW regarding Android's vulnerabilities and privacy issues :book:

"An engineering application can use the sensors, camera and microphone of android phone turning your android based device into a mini spy cam. So it is very important for android users to be careful while downloading and installing applications. The best thing to do is never download and install an application until and unless you need it critically. Even if you are going to download and install and application you must verify its developer and ensure that it had passed the Google security checks and quality assurance". :10310:

http://www.securitysupervisor.com/security-articles/mobile-security/135-android-security

But, Beware - there are webpages on the WWW offering 'useful' and 'interesting' Android applications which are actually scams to lure you into downloading. Most of these are free, but some you actually have to pay for - cheeky buggers! ;) So, not only are you turning your Android and all its information etc over to the hackers, you are also paying for the privilege! :D

Lost in moscow
30-08-2012, 23:38
And apple isn't as vulnerable?

TolkoRaz
30-08-2012, 23:39
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away! ;)

TolkoRaz
30-08-2012, 23:41
Androids have been termed by the community as a 'Bugger's Delight' ;)

robertmf
31-08-2012, 01:02
Of course! That is why the licensing authorities licensed the Android in the first place because its very easily 'hackable'! ;)

Please speak louder into the microphone (http://philipcfromnyc.hubpages.com/hub/ECHELON----The-Spy-System-That-Knows-Everything)

Tin foil helmets proven a useless defense (http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/echelon/echelon02.htm)

ECHELON - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

:celebrate:

vicandbob
31-08-2012, 10:59
It looks like Oracle has now fixed the problem and issued new versions of Java

http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/08/oracle-patches-critical-java-bugs/