Tax phishing attacks leads to theft of millions of passwords at Office365 (think Microsoft)!

06 March 2018 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

Darkreading.com reported a β€œnew wave of phishing attacks aims to dupe users and steal their passwords by disguising malicious emails as tax-related notifications from the IRS.” The March 2, 2018 report entitled β€œMillions of Office 365 Accounts Hit with Password Stealers” included these comments:

Barracuda Networks last month flagged a “critical alert” when it detected attack attempts to steal user passwords. This threat lures victims with Microsoft 365 Office files claiming to be tax forms or other official documents; attackers use urgent language to convince people to open the attachment.

Examples of this tactic include files named “taxletter.doc” and phrases like “We are apprising you upon the arisen tax arrears in the number of 2300CAD.” The use of popular file types like Word and Excel, which are globally known and used, further ensures victims will fall for it.

Given the wide usage of Office365 this very alarming news!

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