The job of antivirus software entails blocking all sorts of attacks and malware on a day to day basis. This can give the providers of security software a great deal of insight to the extent of evolution that the threat landscape has managed.

Microsoft Office has been reported to be the victim of over 47% of the 796.8 million attacks across the world blocked by Kaspersky in Q1 2018. According to Kaspersky Labs’ IT Threat Evolution Report, amongst the different apps targeted by cybercriminals in Q1, Microsoft Office tantamounts to 47.15% the double of its average from last year. Furthermore, 282 million malicious URLs and over 179,000 ransomware attackers were identified by the report.

CVE-2017-11882 was reported to be a frequently used Microsoft Office vulnerability according to Kaspersky; which exploits an old Microsoft Office component named Equation Editor to breach its security and launch an attack. Office pages like Word, excel and other apps ranging from 2007 to 2016 are hit.

Web browsers and Android followed Office as the most- targeted apps with 23.5% and 20.7% of the total in Q1 2018 respectively.

Adobe Flash was reported to have zero- day vulnerabilities that were exploited in any manner of hacks along with the apps that work with PDFs and Java runtime environment.


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