For those of you who eat, live and breathe the Internet, do be aware that the next time your email inbox receives an email from firstname.lastname@example.org, do not pass go, do not collect $200, do nothing other than delete that email. Chances are very high you would have then avoided the efforts of a phishing scam which was specially designed to steal Gmail, Yahoo, Windows Live and AOL passwords, at least this is what the good people over at Naked Security are saying.
Naked Security is a blog run by IT security firm Sophos, and they claim that the email entitled, “Microsoft Windows Update,” urges recipients to verify their email accounts through sending their personal login information. Quite a no-brainer when you think about it, but during momentary lapses of concentration, who can say what might happen, right?
Dear Windows User,
It has come to our attention that your Microsoft windows Installation records are out of date.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 daily update.
This requires you to verify the Email Account. Failure to verify your records will result in account suspension. Click in the Verify button below and enter your login information on the following page to Confirm your records.
Microsoft Windows Team.
The above is what the email generally says, so you have been forewarned!