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WOBURN, MA – October 30, 2013 — /BackupReview.info/ — According to the Kaspersky Lab study Java under attack – the evolution of exploits in 2012-2013, the number of attacks using Java exploits from September 2012 to August 2013 amounted to 14.1 million – one third more than in the same period in 2011-2012.
Exploits are malicious programs designed to take advantage of vulnerabilities in legitimate software and penetrate users’ computers. The fact that they function surreptitiously makes them all the more dangerous. If a computer is running vulnerable versions of any software, simply visiting an infected web page or opening a file containing malicious code is enough to trigger an exploit. Traditionally, the most frequent targets for attacks have been Oracle Java, Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Reader. However, the Kaspersky Lab study revealed that in the past year Java is increasingly becoming the prime target for cybercriminals.
The study was based on data gathered from users of Kaspersky products around the world who consented to provide information to Kaspersky Security Network.
Of the 14.1 million attacks detected using Java exploits, most happened in the second half of the study period – over 8.54 million attacks were registered from March to August 2013, up 52.7% on the previous six months.
The large number of attacks launched using Java exploits is of little surprise: over the 12 months of Kaspersky Lab’s research, 161 vulnerabilities were identified in Java. In comparison, over the period of September 2011 to August 2012, 51 vulnerabilities were identified. Six of the newly detected vulnerabilities were rated as critical, or very dangerous; these six were most actively used in attacks by cybercriminals.
To protect themselves against the potential costs of a malicious attack launched using Java exploits, Kaspersky Lab’s experts advise both home and corporate users to install Java updates promptly as well as choosing security solutions that can reliably block exploit-based cyber-attacks.
A full report of the study is available at:
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