A vulnerability in the latest Java 7 runtime has been discovered that can be exploited and used for malicious attacks, Computer World reported. While all the reported exploits thus far have targeted Windows PCs, according to Errata Security CTO David Maynor, both Mac and Linux computers are just as vulnerable to attacks.
The origin of the exploit has been tracked back to a server in China. Infected machines have also been spotted making contact with command and control servers located in Singapore. No browser is safe either, with the exploit thought to work on regardless of whether you are running Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, or Safari.
Instructions on how to uninstall Java completely (for Windows) can be found on Oracle’s Java support pages. Disabling the JRE in your browser means locating your add-ons/plugins page and disabling the appropriate entry.