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Java Web Applications Spread Bots and Keyloggers?

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In its report, Cybercrime Trends for 2008, Symantec claims, "Java-based Web applications—small programs, such as video players or interactive maps, that launch themselves from a Web page—are proliferating, which will provide a growing opportunity for cyberthieves to spread bots, keyloggers, and other malicious software."

Java-based web applications, like most web applications, end up rendering HTML, so are no more likely to spread malware than plain ol' HTML. From the description, I think Symantec is really talking about applets.

Has there been an outbreak of Java applets spreading bots, keyloggers, or other malicious software? I always thought the Java applet sandbox was pretty safe. In fact, most complaints I've heard are about the sandbox being too restrictive.

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