Various security enterprises released information in the past 24 hours noting of a high-risk vulnerability in Microsoft Word. The vulnerability is a phishing attempt and uses document attachments sent via email to enable a hacker to gain full access to the victim's machine. This affects all or most versions of Microsoft Word and all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.
Microsoft is due to release a fix today, Apr. 11, 2017. In the interim, here's some critical information you need to know:
- Do not open any attachments sent to you in an email from people you don't know.
- Do not open any attachments sent to you in an email even from people you do know well.
- Be aware that opening attachments in Protected View does not protect you from this security risk.
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