As someone who does a fair amount of public speaking, I thought I’d share these great tips from my friend Matt Fenton @ Three Deuce Branding.
Me on Fox 19 discussing Phishing on 060921.
A very crafty new Phishing attack using e-mail as an attack vector has reared it’s ugly head in the last few days. It’s quite creative and realistic, which means that if could easily trick many people into following a link to a bogus web site that could install a virus on your system and/or attempt to steal your identity!
I have received many e-mails that APPEAR to come from Microsoft, typically from an e-mail address like “Microsoft Customer Support [firstname.lastname@example.org]“.
The subject of the e-mail might vary slightly from “Update for Microsoft Outlook” but will be similar. I’ve received dozens of these e-mails in the last few days and other subjects have included “Install Critical Update for Microsoft Outlook”, “Critical Update for Outlook” and “Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Outlook”.
While the e-mail looks legitimate, it is NOT. The link you are instructed to click DOES NOT go to the Microsoft web site! The screen shot below shows one example.
Take a look at this screenshot and if you get an e-mail like this, delete it! DO NOT follow the link! If you have questions about the legitimacy of an e-mail, in this case, from Microsoft, contact the sender.
Also, please understand that this has nothing to do with Outlook, it is not an Outlook security problem. Even if you do not use Outlook, if you click the link, you could be infected.