New Cross Platform Malware Depends on JVM

Reports are emerging of new cross platform malware that has the potential to affect Windows, OSX, Linux, and Android machines using a single executable (archived). The catch is only machines with a Java runtime are vulnerable to the attacks. The simplest mitigation measure is simply not having a Java execution environment on your computing machine. Java has long been a dubious proposition, for the increased attack surface it presents as well as a portion of the programmers it attracts.

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