The latest Java Development Kit update (JDK 7u40) includes a number of bug fixes, new security features and changes, and among them is one that has been long overdue: a whitelisting option for protecting endpoints.
As predicted at the end of 2012 and proved by the ever expanding use of exploit kits, vulnerabilities in popular and widespread software such as Java and Adobe's Acrobat Reader and Flash top the list of the most exploited by cyber crooks.
When we discuss exploit prevention, we often talk about ‘targeted applications.’ This term refers to end-user applications which can be exploited by hackers for malicious purposes.
The cross-platform Frutas RAT is being used in a new email phishing campaign targeting high-profile finance, mining, and telecom companies as well as governments in Europe and Asia.
For malware authors and attackers, the ideal malware is that which works on as many platforms as possible.