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Microsoft Account Phishing Campaign Takes Advantage of Russia’s Ukraine Invasion

Small-time threat actors are using Russia cyber attacks as a trick to get users to give up their Microsoft account information.


While the is a real war being fought in Ukraine following 's decision to invade a sovereign nation, there is also a cyber war happening. Russian threat actors and hackers from the West are targeting each other during the conflict. However, the invasion has allowed small time attackers to also enter the fray to take advantage of the current situation.

One report points to a new phishing campaign being sent to users of services. The attack involves an email claiming to warn users about account hacks coming from Russia-supported groups. When the unsuspecting target interacts with the email, the attackers steal log in credentials and other personal information.

firm Malwarebytes discovered the spam email attack pretending to be warning of Russian hacks. These mails also pretend to be from Microsoft, leading with the subject line “Microsoft account unusual sign-in activity.”

As for the body of the email, it reads:

Unusual sign-in activity

We detected something unusual about a recent sign-in to the Microsoft account

details

  • Country/region: Russia/Moscow
  • IP address:
  • Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2022 02:31:23 +0100
  • Platform: Kali Linux
  • Browser: Firefox

A user from Russia/Moscow just logged into your account from a new device, If this wasn't you, please report the user. If this was you, we'll trust similar activity in the future.

Report the user


The Microsoft account team


There is link button in the email to allow users to report the attack. There is also an unsubscribe option, adding more authenticitity to the email. Clicking the link opens a new message with “Report the users” as the subject. As for the recipient, it pretends to be Microsoft account protection services.

“People sending a reply will almost certainly receive a request for login details, and possibly payment information, most likely via a bogus phishing page,” Malwarebytes explains. “It's also entirely possible the scammers will keep everything exclusively to communication via email. Either way, people are at risk from losing control of their account to the phishers. The best thing to do is not reply, and delete the email.”

Let's be honest, this is a back to basics phishing campaign. Even so, Malwarebytes warns the current situation means more users are likely to fall for the scam:

“Given current world events, seeing ‘unusual sign-in activity from Russia' is going to make most people do a double, and it's perfect spam bait material for that very reason,” researchers say. “[The emails] (deliberately or not) could get people thinking about the current international crisis. Being on your guard will pay dividends over the coming days and weeks, as more of the below is sure to follow.”

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.