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Kaspersky: 70 percent of attacks now target Office vulnerabilities

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Microsoft Office products are today's top target for hackers, according to attack and exploitation data gathered by Kaspersky Lab.

In a presentation at its security conference --the Security Analyst Summit-- the company said that around 70 percent of the attacks its products have detected in Q4 2018 are trying to abuse a Microsoft Office vulnerability.

That's more than four times the percentage the company was seeing two years before, in Q4 2016, when Office vulnerabilities had accounted for a meager 16 percent.

Attacks target outdated Office components

"An interesting side note," Kaspersky said. "None of the top most exploited vulnerabilities are in MS Office itself. Rather, the vulnerabilities exist in related components."

For example, two of the most exploited vulnerabilities, CVE-2017-11882 and CVE-2018-0802, impact Office's legacy Equation Editor component.

"A look at the most exploited vulnerabilities of 2018 confirms exactly that: Malware...(continued)

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