Microsoft Office 365 Users Become Target of New Phishing Attack

In a report by Microsoft Officials, the company is getting more revenue from Office 365 commercials than the actual selling of Office via non-subscription licensing. Since its launch in 2011, Office 365 particularly for businesses has become to be the most liked cloud services. One of the main reasons behind this is its reasonable cost. According to the studies done by Skyhigh, as of June 2016, there were around 70 million active users with one out of every 5 corporate employees opting Office 365 business.

Not just this, both State and Federal governments are making the most of Microsoft 365’security, privacy and budget-friendly pricing. Besides having so many advantages, this Microsoft product has become a target for phishing attacks and other online threats.

This new threat is referred to as the “Office 365 Account Compromise.” The scammers are using social engineering as well as other techniques to find victims and send them an email pretending them to be from Microsoft and notifying the user that their account has been suspended. The message then includes a link which they need to click in order to take an action.

Once the user or better to say, the victim clicks the link, they are asked to enter their login credentials. If the user follows through, their account is compromised, which will allow the scammers to have full access to the user’s accounts and contacts. They can also access the confidential information about your company that may lead to internal hacks.

To know whether the email is real or a phishing attack by scammers, keep in mind these two key points:

  1. Microsoft doesn’t send suspension notices by email
  2. There are tell-tale signs of a fake email

We have provided you some examples to know how scammers can use social engineering to construct a phishing email that will help guide you if you are ever unsure about an email you receive:

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YOU CAN ALSO VISIT TO OFFICE.COM/SETUP FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCE.

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