Is that Microsoft Email Actually a Phishing Attack?

Posted September 1, 2023

Discover the Hidden Dangers

Are you familiar with the lurking threats that can invade your inbox? But what if an email seemingly from Microsoft, a brand we trust, turns out to be a nightmare in disguise?

Microsoft, the revered tech giant, has unfortunately become a prime target for phishing attacks. Cybercriminals send emails containing harmful links or files, aiming to steal your valuable data.

While Microsoft isn’t at fault, you and your team need to remain vigilant against any suspicious emails.

In Q2 2023, Microsoft skyrocketed to the top, comprising a staggering 29% of brand phishing attempts, leaving Google (19.5%) and Apple (5.2%) trailing behind. These tech giants together account for over half of brand imitation attacks.

But how does this impact your business?

Amid a surge in fraudulent emails targeting Windows and Microsoft 365 users worldwide, meticulous scrutiny can shield you from identity theft and fraud. While the frequently imitated brands may change, cybercriminal tactics often remain consistent.

Using genuine-looking logos, colours, and fonts, phishing scams deploy domains and URLs resembling the real deal. Yet, a careful review can expose typos and errors in content – the tell-tale signs of phishing.

One recent attack alleges unusual Microsoft account activity, luring you to a malicious link. These links are crafted to pilfer everything from login credentials to payment info.

While tech companies are popular scam targets, cybercriminals are now targeting financial services like online banking, gift cards, and e-commerce. In Q2 2023, Wells Fargo and Amazon made the top five, with 4.2% and 4% of brand phishing attempts, respectively.

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The solution is simpler than you imagine. Combat phishing by taking a breath, observing, and analysing. Scrutinize URLs, domains, and message content for inconsistencies.

Want to keep your team well-informed about these risks? Reach out to us today!