internet explorer security flaw

Scammers take advantage of the security flaw of Internet Explorer

internet explorer security flawAs the security flaw of Internet Explorer was made public by Microsoft recently, scammers moved on to the offensive to take advantage of this major loophole to create a niche for their dirty work.

According to the email, “It has come to our attention that your Microsoft windows Installation records are out of date. Every Windows installation has to be tied to an email account for update. This requires you to verify your email account being the recipient of this update. Failure to verify your records will result in account suspension. Click on the verify button below and enter your login information on the following page to Confirm your records.”

Once the recipient of the email clicks on the link, he is then taken to a fraudulent website that asks them to select their email service and then login.

Individuals who are tricked into inputting their information now provides his information to the phisher. He would then be redirected to a legitimate Microsoft support page.

According to Hoax-Slayer, “while such phishing expeditions are all too common, this one casts a wider net than most by targeting users of several well-known email service providers rather than just one. In fact, by including ‘Other emails’ as a choice on the scam website, the criminals are effectively targeting users of virtually any email service.”

If you are using Internet Explorer, be careful of scammers then!


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Ahleen is a tech columnist who has written about a wide range of technology from driver-less cars to electronic diapers. She is a certified nerd and considers chocolate to be the smartest invention of mankind. View all posts by Ahleen

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