February 2021 Security Awareness Training: Email Macro Malware

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February 2021 Security Awareness Training: Email Macro Malware

As the Coronavirus pandemic rages on, cybercriminals are becoming more and more savvy with leveraging current event attacks, to circumvent one’s better judgement. Email-based attacks promising new job opportunities, or lists of rehires, are becoming increasingly common. In this episode starring Jon Lovitz as Richard, a supposed “Rehire List” is emailed to him and – being that he has been unemployed for some time and eager to return to work – Richard hurriedly opens the document and enables macros without first verifying the file’s authenticity. Debbie, a coworker, helps him discover that the email and attached “Rehire List” were malicious in nature, and helps point out a few key ways to avoid macro-based attacks. See what happens and learn how to protect yourself and your organization from attacks like this!

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More information from the Web:

How macro malware works

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/intelligence/macro-malware

Microsoft: We’re fighting Windows malware spread via Excel in email with bad macro

https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-were-fighting-windows-malware-spread-via-excel-in-email-with-bad-macro/

Hackers Attack Microsoft Windows Users: Dangerous Threat Group Exploits ‘COVID-19 Fear’

https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2020/03/16/this-dangerous-microsoft-windows-attack-exploits-covid-19-fear-governments-now-on-alert/?sh=6272a6d742de

New feature in Office 2016 can block macros and help prevent infection

https://www.microsoft.com/security/blog/2016/03/22/new-feature-in-office-2016-can-block-macros-and-help-prevent-infection/

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