Microsoft customers were targeted in a vast phishing campaign that attempted to defraud users by exploiting pandemic-related financial concerns.

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  • The cybercriminals targeted the victims using a deceptive Microsoft Excel link with the term ‘COVID-19 bonus’.
  • Once the victim clicks on the link, they were prompted to grant access permission to a malicious web application.
  • Once granted access, the cybercriminals attempted to gain access to Microsoft Office 365 account, sensitive documents and other valuable information.

We recommend the following to stay safe

  • Enable two-factor authentication for your personal and business email accounts.
  • Be wary of emails that urge you to take immediate action amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Never click on suspicious links or attachments from untrusted sources.