Originally posted on VentureBeat:
Oracle patched the hole in Java 7 on Sunday that enabled hackers to steal personal information and use your computer to attack other systems.
The fix comes only after the Department of Homeland Security issued a warning about the hole, urging people to stop using Java until a fix was made available. Cyber-criminals exploited the vulnerability by using websites infected with malware to access Java and get inside a computer system. Hackers could both infect legitimate websites and set up fake websites that looked legitimate in order to trick people into visiting the site. Once there, the virus would work in the background, secretly infecting the system without the victim’s knowledge.