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04 June 2009, 18:08

Microsoft Outlook users targeted in phishing attack

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An example phishing email.
Zoom An example phishing email.
Trend Micro is warning of a new phishing attack that specifically targets Microsoft Outlook users. Rather than simply use email to try and trick victims out of details of online accounts, or general personal details, these attacks attempt to obtain details of the email account itself. The phishing email appears to be from Microsoft and prompts the recipient to re-configure their Outlook e-mail client by clicking on a link which leads to a phishing website. Once there, the site asks users to submit their account name, password and mail server information in order to complete the re-configuration process.

Having tricked a victim out of their email account details, the phishers can easily access all of their emails to find the social networking, micro-blogging and bank account information often contained in individual mails. Additionally, with full access to the account, the phishers can use it to send out more spam to other users.


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