Microsoft: Unprecedented Wave of Java Exploits

ComputerWorld – Microsoft reports 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.