Cyber Threats lurking in MS Office files


As the world is struggling hard to get rid of the dreaded Corona Virus, findings of SonicWall research labs say that hackers are making an opportunistic use of the pandemic spread by spreading Trojans and Malware to remote workers through Microsoft Office files.

SonicWall’s Capture Labs research team that analyzed data from over 1.1 million sensors in over 215 countries and territories states that there has been a 24% decrease in malware attacks on a global note in the year 2020. But the malware attacks on Internet of Things (IoT) have increased by 50%

Incidentally, cyber criminals from countries like Russia and China were found to be capitalizing on the COVID 19 Pandemic by launching phishing attacks, as there has been a 7% increase than usual in the attacks in the past three months.

As stated above in one of the earlier paragraphs, cyber crooks are seen infiltrating less secure home networks to gain access to corporate networks via employees working from home.

SonicWall Threat Researchers have confirmed that there has been a 176% increase in recent malware attacks, most of which have taken place in disguise of the most trusted MS Office file types.

Coming to the IoT devices such as smart TVs and refrigerators, a 50% increase has been witnessed in the IoT malware attacks as lack of security measures in them are exposing their users to threats that could otherwise be neutralized with well-secured networks.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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