New PowerPoint Social Engineering Attack Installs Malware Without Requiring Macros

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Researchers at Security firm SentinelOne reported that a group of hackers is using malicious PowerPoint files to distribute ‘Zusy,’ a banking Trojan, also known as ‘Tinba’ (Tiny Banker).

They said in a blog post: “A new variant of a malware called ‘Zusy’ has been found in the wild spreading as a PowerPoint file attached to spam emails with titles like ‘Purchase Order #130527’ and ‘Confirmation.’ It’s interesting because it doesn’t require the user to enable macros to execute. Most Office malware relies on users activating macros to download some executable payload which does most of the malicious stuff, but this malware uses the external program feature instead.”

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