Skip to main content

Macs Finally Experience Malware From New Office for Mac Macro Target

By February 25, 2017May 25th, 2021Cybersecurity

It’s an oldie but a goodie, and an attack vector that Windows users have seen since the late 90’s.

Macros. These are essentially shortcut codes that Microsoft Word and other applications use to automate certain processes.

They’re written in Visual Basic, and unfortunately, in addition to making your life easier in MS Office, they can also be used to install malware.

For the longest time, Mac users dodged the proverbial bullet and didn’t have to deal with attacks like that. If you ask a Mac user why, he’ll probably tell you that it’s mostly because Macs have better security, and while there may be something to that, the reality is a lot simpler.

Hackers go for the low-hanging fruit first.

If you’re a hacker and could choose to attack either the ten million Windows PC’s or the 150,000 Macs, which environment would you choose to operate in? More targets equal more opportunities.

Of course, with the advent of the iPhone, Apple has been drawing more attention to itself and all the products it creates and support, including Macs. It was just a matter of time before someone hit them with a macro-style attack. Now, it’s happened.

For the first time ever, a MAC-ro attack has been found “in the wild.”

If you’re a Mac user, the chief thing you need to be aware of is that if you get an email with a file attachment and click on it, unless you know the sender, don’t allow it to enable macros on your computer when prompted. If you do, you’re essentially giving the file permission to run whatever macros it contains, and since you don’t know the sender, that could have dire consequences for you and your company.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.