Beware of PowerPoint boobies traps

Graham Cluley

In just a few hours time Microsoft will be releasing its regular month “Patch Tuesday” bundle of security fixes – this month including patches for critical vulnerabilities in the likes of Internet Explorer and Microsoft Excel.

But according to the advance bulletin the software giant issued on Friday, there is no sign of a Microsoft fix for a PowerPoint zero day vulnerability that is being actively exploited in the wild.

As revealed earlier this month, hackers are crafting booby-trapped PowerPoint files that, when opened on a victim’s computer, run malicious code without authorisation.

Once a PC has been infected by malware like a backdoor Trojan horse, hackers can gain access to the computer to steal information, to plant further malicious software, or to launch spam and…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.