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article imageSymantec Warns, Microsoft Word is a PC Killer

By malan
Jan 29, 2007 in Technology
Microsoft World vulnerability puts users at risk.
Symantec recently announced a new security issue for Microsoft users. It appeares that hackers are explointing an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Word that allows them drop in a Trojan horse program and take over a user's computer.
The vulnerability, named "zero-day" is one of many vulnerabilities in the popular software and remains unpatched. They've labeled the risk as "Extremely Critical" and have made announcements on their website.
To become infected users must open an infected Word document that installs the Trojan horse program "Trojan.Mdropper.W" onto the users computer. The trojan then enable a hacker to control the computer.
Microsoft has yet to release a patch for the problem, a patch for Word was not included in a recent patch launch for Outlook, PowerPoint and Windows.
The best way to stay safe from these attacks is not open any Word documents attached to emails you receive (or any unknown files for that reason). Never open something unless you know who it's from.
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