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WARNING: Microsoft Word Is Under A Hack Attack: Do Not Open Documents Named '.RT


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Posted 27 March 2014 - 09:35 AM

Microsoft Word Is Under A Hack Attack: Do Not Open Documents Named '.RTF' By Julie Bort March 25, 2014
 
Microsoft Corp. on Monday issued an emergency security warning saying that hackers have found a way to booby-trap certain common Word files with the .rtf extension.
 
Microsoft says it's aware of attacks going on now, but there's no fix yet to stop the hackers. It's working on a way to stop the bug.
The only way to be sure your computer won't get infected is not to open a document with the .rtf file extension until Microsoft says it's fine to do so.
 
This is the worst kind of attack. A hacker who manages to get you to open a booby-trapped file can gain control of your computer. From there, the hacker can do all kinds of things. For instance, the hacker can turn your computer into a so-called zombie by putting it on an illegal botnet. That means hackers can use your computer as part of a bigger network of computers to do all kinds of illegal things — like send spam, spread viruses, and commit fraud.

Edit: Moved topic from Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs to the more appropriate forum, since this is not a request for malware assistance.~ Animal

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 09:42 AM

This specific subject has already been reported here 2 days ago: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/528746/microsoft-announces-vulnerability-when-viewing-rtf-documents-in-word/

Please continue any discussion regarding the issue in the original news topic. To avoid confusion and duplication of comments this topic is closed.

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