After Decades of Abuse, Microsoft Adds an Anti-Macro-Malware Feature To Office

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is finally addressing the elephant in the room in terms of security for Office users and has announced a new feature in the Office 2016 suite that will make it harder for attackers to exploit macro malware. Sysadmins can now use group policies to disable the execution of macro scripts that retrieve content off the Internet, a tactic used by malware developers to trick users into allowing the download & automatic installation of malware on their PCs. “Macro malware” as this category is known, is the preferred method of distribution for most malware these days, especially ransomware.

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