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Malicious Microsoft Office files are running rampant

March 17, 2021

Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic forced the majority of the world’s workforce into a remote working environment, cybercriminals have been increasingly utilizing weaponized Microsoft Office files.

A new report from cybersecurity firm SonicWal claims it witnessed a 67% spike in the distribution of malicious Office files last year. The rising popularity of Office as means of malware distribution seems to have come at the expense of PDF files, whose use in malicious purposes dropped by almost a quarter (22%) in the same timeframe.

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