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Microsoft Word hit by ransomware attacks

Microsoft Word hit by ransomware attacks
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There's a scary new malware attack underway and it's targeting Microsoft users. If you use Word to write documents or to read them, you need to know about this.

Microsoft itself almost didn't detect what it's calling a sneaky attack. It initially found scripting for malware and was grouped into its TrojanDownloader:097M/Donoff.

But this isn't everyday malware. It looks like computer coding that uses macros. Those are just little pieces of coding to help you automate tasks you do over and over. When Microsoft dug into the coding a bit more, they found an encrpyted, or securely locked piece of code hidden inside a macro button.

The macro directs you to a malicious website to infect your computer with ransomware.

If you are sent macros and you're using new versions of Microsoft Office, you'll see this Security Warning (below). To enable macros, you have to click the Enable Macros button. Don't enable macros unless you created them yourself or completely trust the person who did.

Microsoft macros

Microsoft is warning everyone that, "Our strongest suggestion for the prevention of Office-targeted macro-based malware is to only enable macros if you wrote macro yourself, or completely trust and know the person who wrote it."

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