There’s an old wives tale that Mac’s can’t be hacked.. Wrong. Many attacks just choose to focus on Windows because of the wild popularity among business enterprise and consumers. This article goes over the discovery of an old windows technique being used for a new Mac Hack: Macro-Enabled documents that can contain malicious code. Below is an explanation of a Macro from this article at The Hacker News:
Macro is a series of commands and actions that help automate some tasks. Microsoft Office programs support Macros written in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), but they can also be used for malicious activities like installing malware.
This is just another reminder to be aware of what you are opening when download an email attachment or file from the web. This type of attack will always be around. Microsoft Office products are so widely used as the industry standard that it’s hard to see this going away. Some common file types that could carry a malicious are:
- .docm (Word)
- .xlsm (Excel)
- .pptm (PowerPoint)
- .rtf (Rich Text Format)
Businesses are vulnerable to this attack because employees may be used to receiving Macro-Enabled documents. Macros can be used to clean up thousands of rows of data when reviewing financial transactions, sales, or any other department with large data sets.
Technical Security is only going to become more important. There are many angles we can be vulnerable. It is important to be aware of the types of attacks we are susceptible too in the tech era. This is one more piece of knowledge you carry in defense of your personal data, business assets, and general peace of mind.
Stay safe out there!
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