Windows Update Scams
While we have previously spoken about completing Windows 10 updates safely in Volume 7, Issue 10 and the dangers of ransomeware in Volume 7, Issue 13, there has been an increase in the attempts of bad actors to infect networks through the use of fake Windows Updates.
What Is Happening?
Those being targeted have reported receiving emails that are titled something like
“Install Latest Microsoft Update now!” or “Critical Microsoft Windows Update!” and have a body that reads something like “Please install the latest critical update from Microsoft attached to this mail”. These messages come with an attached file.
Why Is This A Concern?
The file attached is neither an update nor an image as it often masquerades to be. Instead it is malware that gets into your network. Many times, this is a ransomeware file. This means that instead of updating for Windows version, the file begins to encrypt the files on your network and creates a document that gives you instructions on how to pay to get your files back.
What Can I Do?
The most important thing is staying informed. Now that you are aware of the threat, you will know not to fall victim to the threat.
s Microsoft says, "Microsoft does not send unsolicited email messages or make unsolicited phone calls to request personal or financial information, or to provide technical support to fix your computer." In order to receive an email such as this, you will need to have signed up for it.