Excel ‘system delay’ phishing trick


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Just one of the many tricks to get people to giveaway their password is a bogus ‘system delay’ email, supposedly from your network administrators.  The fake login page is given extra credibility being hosted on a Microsoft server!

It starts with a fake message from the ‘Excel Team’ saying you can’t ‘Open Excel or any document file due to system delay’.

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Source: Bleeping Computer

With a link to ‘Verify your account’ to ‘Configure Excel and PDF settings’.

Of course, the link is fake, to trick people into giving away the login.  It’s a sincere looking web page, hosted by Microsoft (!) but still a phishing trap.

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Source: Bleeping Computer

The fake login is hosted on a Microsoft server – Sharepoint.com  .  We’ve talked about this before – Microsoft’s own domains being used by criminals to host phishing pages.

Entering your details just opens you and your organization to more attacks.  Beware of any email claiming to need your login details.

Thanks to Michael Gillespie and Bleeping Computer

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