The creative minds of cyber-criminals never cease to amaze us. Emerging reports warn of a new type of Malware that exploits DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange) functionality within Microsoft. DDE allows you to link & share data between Microsoft apps – designed to make life easier. Granted, DDE functionality is vintage – it was replaced by Microsoft’s Object Linking Toolkit more than a decade ago; however Microsoft still supports DDE for compatibility reasons.
Didn’t get the Message.
Interested in the creative details? The newest malware travels via email attachment – not an uncommon way for malware to get around. Here’s where things get clever: DDE fields are embedded within word documents, and macros don’t need to be enabled to execute the malicious code. Normally two messages display when opening a file like this – the latter which clearly warns that you’re about to open an executable file. The catch? Cyber-criminals figured out a way to disable the second message. Tricky…and just in time for Halloween.
What’s the Lesson?
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