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‘Microsoft Windows 10 Upgrade’ installs Ransomware

Date: Aug 4, 2015

Category: Blog

Be on the lookout for phishing emails with links to download the new no-charge version of Windows 10, or have it “attached” in a zipped file, which could be CBT-Locker ransomware.

We suggest you send something like this to your end-users and/or friends and family:

Microsoft is in the process of releasing their new Windows 10 Operating System. Microsoft plans to upgrade a billion personal computers, causing inevitable confusion among PC users. There is no cost for the upgrade.

Cybercriminals are trying to exploit this confusion. You might get calls from scammers that claim to be Microsoft tech support and try to charge you for the upgrade using your credit card. 

Also, be very careful with any email claiming to be from Microsoft about “your Windows 10 Upgrade”. Make sure that any links in the email really go to Microsoft. Better still, do not click on any link or open any attachment, but go to the Microsoft website for more information.”

Here is the link:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-upgrade?

For Infosec Cloud Security Awareness Testing and Training (SATT) customers, we have a new template “Windows 10 Upgrade Error” which we are sending to our customers’ email users to help raise awareness about this type of social engineering attack.

Click Here to read more about the Infosec Cloud simulated phishing and focussed security awareness training service.

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