Oracle has announced it will retire the Java browser plugin. It plans to deprecate the Java browser plugin in JDK 9 and remove the technology from the Oracle JDK and JRE in a future Java SE release, according to a Java Platform Group product management blog.
The announcement drew numerous comments on social media welcoming the move.
One Facebook comment read: “Good to see Oracle finally acknowledging that applets are obsolete. Although at this point, with the major browsers all removing pluginsupport, it’s rapidly becoming irrelevant what Oracle does with the Javabrowser plugin. Java should have made its exit from the browser years [...]
As early as 2013 Twitter, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft reported they had been compromised by a zero day Java exploit. Symantec believes they have identified a group of corporate spies responsible for the hacks and linked them to many more high-profile crimes. The team of hackers has a suite of internally developed tools at their disposal and uses working knowledge of an organization to target specific data.
Symantec’s research links the group to crimes going back to 2012. The three heaviest targeted regions are the USA, Europe and Canada with 17, 12 and 4 attacks respectively. Dozens more attacks took place in different regions around the globe. The hackers breached the [...]