New Attack Method Delivers Malware Via Mouse Hover

Mouseover’ technique relies on users hovering over hyperlinked text and images in Microsoft PowerPoint files to drop Trojan.

Researchers have found a new form of attack that abuses the action of hovering over hyperlinked text and images in a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.

Trend Micro researchers discovered the “mouseover” technique, used by a Trojan downloader also found in a spam campaign hitting EMEA businesses in the manufacturing, education, pyrotechnics, logistics, and device fabrication industries. The downloader they analyzed delivers a version of the OTLARD banking Trojan, also known as GootKit.

“This is the first occurrence of malware using the ‘hover’ method to initiate a download that we know of,” says Mark Nunnikhoven, Trend Micro’s VP of cloud security.

“While GootKit is known malware, businesses should be more concerned about this latest technique as it shows none of the usual indicators of an infected document,” he explains. This is novel because it abuses the previously safe user practice of hovering over a link before clicking.
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Reasons to love Windows 10

Microsoft has already revealed features, such as a smarter Cortana and Xbox integration, that may appeal to existing Windows users and lure those on other operating systems. Here are 10 reasons why Windows 10 could effortlessly pull you away from your Mac or Chrome operating system when it debuts for PCs and tablets on July 29.

Cortana

Forget Siri and all of the other personal assistant bots out there. Cortana is back from her greatly exaggerated death in Halo 4, and she’s better than ever.

Edge

The new browser, set to debut with Windows 10, is integrated with Cortana. This means you’ll receive streamlined content based on your preferences and browsing habits.

Xbox

For the first time, Xbox will officially be integrated with the operating system when it debuts, which means that everything from gameplay recording to streaming can be done in sync with any Windows 10 device.

OneDrive

Windows users are able to begin a project on one device, then carry it over to another Windows, Android or iOS device, thanks to OneDrive’s synchronization over the cloud. 15 GB of storage to Windows users for free, and unlimited storage to Office 365 subscribers.

Hello

Windows Hello is a new security feature that focuses on making sure you are you. It greets users and allows them to log into their device with their face, iris or finger.

Store

Store has come a long way since the beginning with new additions such as Drawboard PDF and GoToMeeting. Now, Microsoft has promised that its apps will be ready to wow you come Windows 10.

2-in-1

Continuum will allow 2-in-1 devices to smoothly transition from tablet-to-PC mode (and vice versa), allowing you to work in any circumstance.

Office

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 users will have access to new universal Windows applications for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. They will all be available for purchase separately, meaning you don’t need to invest in the whole Microsoft Office Suite if you only want one program.

IT

Windows Update for Business will come with distribution rings, where IT professionals can choose which devices receive updates. Additionally, IT will be able to decide when updates should – and should not – occur, according to specific time frames. Enterprise Mobility Suite and System Center can be integrated seamlessly with the update as well.

Defender

Windows 10 will come with Windows Defender, the company’s free anti-malware protection. Microsoft promises ongoing security updates for the supported lifetime of its devices.