The return of macro attacks

by Ricky M. and Monique L. Magalhaes
Sept. 1, 2017 0 comments TechGenix malware

Do you remember Melissa-the virus? Back in 1999 the notorious fast-spreading macro-virus was distributed as an email attachment. When the attachment was opened, defences in Word 1997 and Word 2000 were disabled. Users with Microsoft Outlook accelerated the spread as the virus was sent on to the first 50 contacts in each user’s address book. The Melissa virus had everyone on edge (even Microsoft shut down incoming emails) and was successful in its destruction. In the 1990s Word macros thrived. After the Melissa virus, Microsoft were forced to reconsider their security and take it more seriously. Microsoft disabled the automated scripts by default hereby forcing attackers to try alternative attack methods.