Macros could be the key to a cyber attack

‘Updated expense policy – please read’, reads the subject line from HR. You open up the attached word document. The first page lets you know that you need to click on the button in the yellow banner to view the full document.

You click. One click.

One click and your computer has joined an army. A zombie army of computers that can be leveraged by any hacker with the money to pay for access. One day it’s distributing ransomware, another time it’s being used in a denial of service attack, and periodically it’s recruiting more machines with even more macros.

You can read rest of my article on the BCS Website, or in the Spring 2023 issue of the IT Now magazine.

Timothy Clark
Timothy Clark
Software Engineer

Full-stack Software Engineer with a keen interest in Cybersecurity and Pedagogy.

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