MS Office Targeted; Office Apps Reviewed; The Perfect IT Person
Opinion: Hackers are hitting Microsoft office at an alarming rate; eWEEK Labs tests out three online application suites; the image of the perfect IT person evolves.The methods are different, but the objectives are the same: economic and social disruption. The would-be bombers caught last week succeeded in adding contact lens solution, hair gel and other toiletries to the list of banned substances on airplanes. Thankfully, the terrorists were thwarted and no lives were lost, but the larger effect is to make people think twice about flying, or traveling at all. Similarly, we might be close to the point where corporations might decide to stop using certain software, such as Microsoft Office, for example, when working on or transmitting their most sensitive data. Malicious hackers are hitting Office at an alarming rate with zero-day attacks that allow a PC to be compromised and its incoming and outgoing data put under surveillance, reports eWEEK Senior Writer Ryan Naraine.
Evidence suggests that these types of attacks are aiming higher than Microsoft or whatever corporate network is infiltrated at random. If, as Naraine reports, corporate espionage is indeed behind the rash of Office viruses and specific businesses are being targeted, then the security game has changed significantly. CIOs have to start thinking carefully about not only who has access to data, but what data their users can carry around with them.