In A Word: Circumspect

By on Apr 25, 2018

Category: Security

computer hacking

The word “circumspect” is defined as “wary and unwilling to take risks.”  As a computer user, you should always be circumspect.  However, that is even more true right now especially with email attachments showing Word documents.  Qihoo, a Chinese security company, has revealed a zero-day exploit (Definition: zero day-exploit is a cyber attack that occurs on the same day a weakness is discovered in software allowing no time for a fix or patch.) which is activated when a Word email attachment is opened.  When the Word attachment is opened, Internet Explorer is activated in the background and an executable file is downloaded.  This file then runs undetected and gives a hacker access to your computer.  We are told that Microsoft is aware of this exploit but, currently, there is no patch available.

Obviously, this particular exploit only affect Windows Users since Mac users don’t have Internet Explorer on their computers.

Regardless of whether it’s this zero-day exploit or some other, you should never open email attachments you aren’t expecting, even if they are from trusted people or companies and even if they seem urgent or extremely important.

Remain circumspect and stay safe!

2 Responses to In A Word: Circumspect

  1. Jack Runyan on April 25, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you!

  2. Jerry WackerJJjjjJer on April 25, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks for the warning re attachments. Jerry Wacker

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