DHS Warns That Java Flaw Leaves Computers Vulnerable to Hackers

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The Department of Homeland Security has advised computer users to temporarily disable Java software after concerns of hacking attacks were raised by computer security experts.

The issue was raised after it became known that hackers were exploiting a flaw in Java's coding, leaving an opening for high-tech criminal activity.

Java is a general purpose computer language that allows programmers to write applications and other software that can run on the vast majority of computer operating systems.

Oracle Corp. acquired Java from Sun Microsystems in 2010 as part of a $7.3 billion acquisition.

In a statement issued Friday, the company said a fix will be made available shortly.

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