G-d bless Java and the Zero Day! In a world which is virtually dependent upon computers and the Internet, I figured Twitter’s time was coming and sure enough it has.
A portion of Twitter’s Blog: This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later. However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information – usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords – for approximately 250,000 users.
Back in the old days, Java was called OAK. That just didn’t get it I suppose. So, what is Java? I am going to let Oracle, whom maintains Java, explain:
Java is a programming language and computing platform first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995. It is the underlying technology that powers state-of-the-art programs including utilities, games, and business applications. Java runs on more than 850 million personal computers worldwide, and on billions of devices worldwide, including mobile and TV devices.
There are lots of applications and websites that won’t work unless you have Java installed, and more are created every day. Java is fast, secure, and reliable. From laptops to datacenters, game consoles to scientific supercomputers, cell phones to the Internet, Java is everywhere!
Now, there is a Patch for the Zero Day exploit; however, it is still recommended to keep Java off. What is a Zero Day Exploit? You gotta love this, it is quasi legal and both law enforcement and virtually all governments buy these pseudo packages of scripting from an unregulated market.