It’s an “oldie” but apparently it is still a “goody” as the Microsoft technical support hoax resurfaces in an effort to trick Microsoft customers into releasing private, personal and credit card information.
There are several different methods used to gain your trust and your information. But all of them are fakes and frauds. Here are a few that Microsoft wants to make sure that their customers know about:
- Microsoft does not call customers to fix your computer.
- You have not won a Microsoft lottery.
- Credit card information is not required to verify your Microsoft account.
- Unsolicited email messages containing so called security updates do not come from Microsoft.
Official notifications regarding your security can be found on the Microsoft website. But that’s not all. There are currently 14 different updates planned to occur this week, several which are labeled “critical.” These updates are designed to patch “holes” in the security of popular programs like Windows, Office, and Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer will soon be updated every month instead of every other month. Security professionals seem to like this idea, “It looks like IE will be the story every month now,” said Storms
, who noted there seems to be no shortage of IE vulnerabilities. “I don’t think they’re proving a point, that they’re patching just because they said they can every month, but because they have to.”
IT professionals will be happy to hear of patches to Exchange and SQL Server, “Those are two of the three things that are most important to IT in enterprises,” said Andrew Storms
, director of security operations at nCircle Security. “Thank goodness SharePoint’s not included. But Microsoft is hitting two out of three in just one month.”
If all else fails when it comes to fighting hackers, Microsoft may take the “if you can’t beat them hire them”
attitude that they have had in the past. After all if they are good enough to get into the system, then they are good enough to protect it.
Have you encountered any of these types of scams here is where Microsoft would like for you to report
In the past several weeks there have been many high profile websites which have been hacked. Sony, Sega, and Citigroup have all had their security breached and because of their lack of security, and possible lack of knowledge on how to secure their sites, some 140 million people around the world have had their personal information stolen.
Microsoft can now be added the list of high profile companies who have been hacked. Microsofts Xbox Live service recently came under attack, but instead of taking legal action against the culprit like the other companies listed have done, Microsoft done something quite different.
Age is nothing but a number
Xbox Live is one of the largest gaming networks in the world. Millions of people play their games online over the service and the potential for loss is staggering. If someone hacked into Microsoft servers they would have access to tens of millions of user accounts.
In May of this year, someone did the unthinkable and they gained access to the largest online gaming network in the world. The hacker gained access to Xbox servers through a fault found in the popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game, and while the hacker had access to millions of accounts, they decided to do nothing with that information. It seems as though the hacker was just playing around to see if it could be done. Obviously Microsoft did not see the funny side of things, especially as a similar attack rendered the Sony Playstation Network useless for 6 weeks.
Continue reading Microsoft on Hackers: If you can’t beat them hire them
Right on the heels of the FBI fraudulent e-mail scam, has comes a huge wave of e-mail attacks that have resulted in some e-mail customers being denied access to their e-mail accounts.
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