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Office 365 phishing baits employees with fake SharePoint alerts

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Employees using Microsoft Office 365 are being targeted in a phishing campaign that makes use of bait messages camouflaged as automated SharePoint notifications to steal their accounts. It is believed this campaign has now reached an estimated 50,000 mailboxes.

The attackers behind this phishing campaign kept the phishing messages as short and vague as possible, and they also included the targeted company’s name multiple times within the emails, to help induce a feeling of trust and make the targets think that the phishing emails were really sent from within their organisation.

Office 365 users have been targeted throughout this year using fake Zoom suspension alerts, fake VPN configs, fake Microsoft Teams alerts, and Small Business Grants Fund (SGF) relief payment baits, with tens of thousands of these phishing emails landing in the targets’ mailboxes as part of these phishing campaigns.

Earlier this month, Microsoft also warned of a recent shift to new types of phishing tactics such as consent phishing, besides regular email phishing and credential theft attacks.

If they fall for the attackers’ tricks, the victims’ Microsoft credentials will be used to take full control of their accounts and all their information will be ripe for the picking, later to be used as apart of identity theft and fraud schemes such as Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks. New-school security awareness training ensures your users know how to spot the potential warning signs as they continue to work in an at-home environment. 

With thanks to the Cyber Defence Alliance and Bleeping Computer.The full story is here: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/office-365-phishing-baits-employees-with-fake-sharepoint-alerts/

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