May 13, 2009

Microsoft Announces PowerPoint Vulnerability

On Tuesday, Microsoft Corp announced that hackers are seeking to exploit its PowerPoint presentation software. The company has released a patch for Windows PC users as protection.

The company also added that a version of PowerPoint for Apple Inc's Mac computer is also vulnerable, although they do not believe hackers are attempting to attack it.

Microsoft, the world's number 1 software maker, called the threat "critical."

According to Symantec Corp, the world's top maker of security software, hackers are using websites or email to exploit PowerPoint users by getting the victim to open a tainted PowerPoint file.

"At that point, the attacker would then have complete control over everything the user's account has permission to do on the system," said Alfred Huger, of Symantec.

Huger added that Symantec has only seen a small number of attempts to exploit the PowerPoint program.

Microsoft has not yet released a patch for PowerPoint on Mac computers, although company spokesman Christopher Budd says one is currently being developed.


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