3OYS: Security flaw puts Microsoft users on high alert

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

TEMPE, Ariz -- Hackers have found a back door to get into Microsoft computers. And now the computer giant is trying to fix that problem.

"Microsoft Office is one of the most targeted programs out there because so many people use it," says Ken Colburn, a computer expert with Data Doctors. "They basically can remotely access your computer with your credentials as if they were you."

According to Microsoft, the attack is targeting Microsoft Word 2010. Colburn says: "It’s going to be a situation where you just, you're not thinking. You're opening something up that looks like a regular correspondence and that's when they're going to get you."

The flaw is also present in Microsoft Word 2003, 2007, 2013, Word Viewer and Office on Mac 2011.  The company is working on an official fix. But in the meantime, Ken suggests; "If you don't absolutely trust the sender just stay away from them."

But to complicate matters this latest computer problem comes just prior to Microsoft’s April 8 deadline for eliminating its support for Windows XP.  In other words, after that date, Microsoft will no longer send you alerts or updates to protect your computer.

Ken says updates are also being retired on another Microsoft operating system. "After April 8th and they find a problem like this they’re not going to come up with a fix," he says. "There’s not going to be a patch. Basically they're saying there's no more support."

Learn more online at: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2953095