Office365 Fake login page is a newly discovered email scam that aims to steal user email account credentials to gain access to their email accounts.
Email is an essential service around the globe for both personal and corporate communication. It is the main service that enables users to create an account on other online platforms. Email services are deemed to be a bottleneck from security perspective.
Access to users email accounts can lead to the breach of their identity, embezzlements of funds, and numerous other problems besides that.
Statistics reveal that the average number of identity thefts in America due to unauthorized access to email accounts mounted to 27 million in last five years. In addition to this approximately 30,000 websites become victims of hackers on a daily basis.
A new form of phishing attack detected displays a prompt of Office365 Fake login page that asks user to enter their Office365 credentials to login. The email service sign in screen also adds ©2017 PROTONMAIL.COM underneath to gain user confidence. If users fall in the trap and enter their credentials, their email accounts become a victim of unauthorized access. This information could in turn be used to breach user security and privacy and expose their identity.
The phishing is known to originate from suspicious browser extension, an unwanted program installed on user system.
Users need to be cautious and are recommended to immediately take actions to remove the scam from their system on encountering Office365 pop –up on their browser screen.
Office 365 scam virus is believed to be distributed via software bundles, spam email attachments and malevolent links.
Users should not haste and scrutinize the system for malware if encountered with such pop-ups to ensure that the system is protected and saved from any phishing attempts.
In lieu to prevent unauthorized access to your system, Microsoft email services have the provision to detect a sign-in attempt from a new location or a device. User is prompted with an email message or SMS alert if any attempt is made to login to the email form a new location or device. To ensure that the source of email message is legitimate cross verify the sender of the email. A legitimate email message should originate from Microsoft account team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Office365 Fake Login Page
Browsers Affected: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox
Targeted Operating System: Windows
Category: PUP (Potentially unwanted program), Phishing Redirect
Symptoms: Browser experiences automatic redirects to Office 365 login page that seeks username and password.
Note: Before we begin, try to remember how the extension got downloaded on your computer system. Generally, these programs come bundled with free applications that we download off the internet. It is a good practice to locate and uninstall such programs while removing the Browser Hijacker/ Extensions.
To restart the system to Safe Mode with Networking, if already switched ON then follow the below steps:
5 Click on the username and enter the password (if any).
Continue to follow steps 4 & 5 of Method 2 to restore the System Files and settings.
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