Heads Up Windows 10 Users
Scammers are using new tactics to steal your data. Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center announced that it had learned about new strategies to target Windows 10 users via links that lead to fraudulent tech support sites.
According to Microsoft, at least three million users encounter tech support scams each month. But this new technique, which introduce a different layer to the mix, embeds links in phishing emails, potentially leading to a wider pool of victims.
These types of scams, involving tech support, were previously done by cold-calling their victims. Now, however, a series of malicious ads will automatically redirect victims to a fake tech support page, in which Windows 10 users are presented with a display of a fake Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) or other bogus Windows security alerts.
Sending mass emails that pretend to come from popular sites like LinkedIn or Amazon has been the standard MO of online scammers, who include links to fake bank or email login sites. But now, this tactic is being redirected to tech support sites in order to phish for your credentials.
These sites use various scare tactics to trick users into calling hotlines and paying for unnecessary ‘technical support services’ that supposedly fix fake problems.
Once users have clicked on the link that leads to the fraudulent website, they are presented with a bunch of security-alert pop-ups that aim to convince users to contact the bogus support call center.
In order to prevent these kinds of attacks, Microsoft’s Windows 10, Outlook.com, Edge, and Exchange Online Protection include various security features meant to block the fake tech support sites and fraudulent emails.
According to Microsoft, Edge users can prevent dialog loops by blocking a certain page from multiplying. And a new Edge feature gives users the ability to shut down browsers or tabs when facing a suspicious-looking popup message.
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