SC Magazine: Hackers rush to new doc builder that uses Macro-exploit, posing as DocuSign. “Researchers at Intel471 have identified a new malicious document builder that has gone from a new, relatively unknown exploit to being incorporated into the attack chains of top cybercriminal groups in less than a year. The builder, dubbed EtterSilent, comes in two flavors: one version exploits an old remote code execution vulnerability in Microsoft Office and another uses a Macro-based exploit and is designed to look like DocuSign, a popular software program that allows individuals or businesses to electronically sign documents.”
How-To Geek: How to Automate Google Sheets With Macros. “When you record a macro in Google Sheets, it automatically creates an Apps Script with all the code to replicate your actions for you. This means you can create complex macros without knowing how to write code. The next time you run it, Sheets will do everything you did when you recorded the macro. Essentially, you’re teaching Google Sheets how to manipulate a document to your liking with a single command.”
MakeUseOf: How to Automate Repetitive Tasks in Google Sheets With Macros . “While Google Sheets has long allowed users to write their own Apps Script functions, macros open up this kind of functionality to all Google Sheets users—no coding experience required. Macros are particularly useful if you find yourself dealing with multiple sheets over and over with similar data or information. For instance, any kind of monthly trackers with elaborate functions to collate data will benefit from the of macros.”
Oh my. The Next Web: pipes.digital is an intriguing early-stage alternative to Yahoo! Pipes. “One new service that wants to pick up the mantle dropped by Yahoo! Pipes is pipes.digital — an early-stage product that already shows promise. Although it’s nowhere near as feature-rich as IFTTT or Zapier, it is certainly an intriguing effort, and captures the essence of Yahoo! Pipes.” Apparently it’s a bit slow at the moment because it’s getting a lot of attention. I need to remember this one, because I REALLY miss Yahoo Pipes.
This is why we can’t have nice things: there’s now ransomware that arrives via a Word document macro. “Several security researchers have discovered a new type of malware that jumps onto the ransomware bandwagon, encrypting victims’ files and then demanding a payment of half a bitcoin for the key. Named ‘Locky,’ the malware depends on a rather low-tech installation method to take root in a user’s system: it arrives courtesy of a malicious macro in a Word document.”