Microsoft Office Macros Are Behind 45% of All Delivered Malware Payloads

While analyzing the delivery mechanisms used by threat actors during August 2018, Cofense Intelligence found that Microsoft's Office macros account for almost half of all malware payloads delivered to targets.

As explained in their analysis, bad actors tend to use Microsoft Office macros as the first stage of infection chains and as the primary way of delivering malicious programs in about 45% of security incidents.

Office macros are one of the favorite tools attackers employ to deliver malware because on most computers running Microsoft Office the Office macro feature is enabled by default, while in organizations which have more strict security policies and the feature is disabled, end users can dismiss it with a mouse click.

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