Document malware takes advantage of embedded script or macro content in document life.

Macro viruses infecting Microsoft Office documents first appeared in the mid-1990’s and rapidly became the most serious threat of that time. More recently there has been a resurgence in document malware, with cybercriminals turning their attention to other widespread and trusted document formats such as PDF’s and even AutoCAD.

By embedding malicious content within documents, hackers can exploit vulnerabilities in the host applications used for opening the documents.