Macro Viruses and the Melissa virus
Microsoft thought it was doing it’s customers a favor by adding a programming language to Microsoft Word. In terms of customer service, it was a great idea, because it would allow users to automate and program within their documents. For example, when a document opened, it could be programmed to ask the user for details that must be entered into each document, like insurance policy numbers or phone numbers.
Microsoft didn’t count on this programming language ever being used to turn Word documents into virus infectors, but that’s exactly what happened.
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