Macro malware countered by Group Policy

Macro malware has been back with us for some time, now, and ransomware such as Locky has been taking advantage of that vector.

Microsoft has taken a significant step towards addressing the issue in the enterprise by restricting access to macros via Group Policy. Its blog article New feature in Office 2016 can block macros and help prevent infection doesn’t talk about ransomware directly, but of course it will help against other types of macro-exploiting malware too.

John Leyden’s article for The Register – Microsoft beefs up defences against Office macros menace – also refers, as does  this Sophos commentary.

David Harley

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