There is currently a major attack on Microsoft Office software. The word processor Word is affected. The Dridex banking trojan is distributed through a security vulnerability.
Millions of users have already become victims by opening suspicious e-mails with malicious software in the attachment. Read on to find out how dangerous the Trojan is, what it’s intentions are and how you can protect yourself from Dridex.
Dridex uses Word
The attackers try to infect millions of users of the word processing program, Word with Dridex. The Trojans attack your computer by e-mail if you use MS Office on your Windows PC. The security vulnerability that allows attackers to hijack your computer was discovered at the weekend. According to Microsoft it has already been shut down. The danger has not disappeared completely though. Caution is advised when attaching an e-mail containing an RTF document to your inbox.
Dridex Trojan comes by email
The attackers attempt to send the Trojan to the computers via e-mails with bad attachments. The malware is contained in the appended document. It is a Rich Text Format (RTF) file with DOC filing. If you open the file, it infects your computer. Although Word will display a warning, it is already too late. All Office versions are affected. It is not yet clear what rights the attackers want to obtain through the malicious software. It is thought that the malware is an attempt to spread banking trojans. The e-mails come from senders like “document@recipient name” and contain the subject “ScanData”. The appendix contains files such as “Scan_123456.doc”.
Protection from the trojan
You can protect yourself against Dridex however. Do not open any e-mails with suspicious content or attaching spam e-mails. It is best to delete suspicious emails immediately and start your antivirus program. In addition, an update helps, because Microsoft has now closed the security gap and a security patch announced. Until you run the update, your computer is still very vulnerable.