A new strain of ransomware is leveraging Microsoft Office documents to reach its victims. Spider ransomware is lurking within tampered Microsoft Word documents that encrypt data once a user downloads them.

The Word document, which is disguised as a debt collection notice, contains malicious macros. When the macros are executed, the ransomware begins to download

The hackers then provide information on how to submit a payment of $123 to regain access to their files. Instead, a proper BDR solution allows you to restore data to a time before the infection and avoid paying ransom. Additionally, cybersecurity training can prevent an attack like this from ever occurring. To get you started, check out some tips on how to spot a phishing email. For more tips on all things ransomware and what you can do to avoid the threat, check out our eBook: Ransomware and Office 365.