Is that a failed Outlook security update in your pocket or are you pleased to phish me?
Web criminals have fired off Patch Tuesday-themed phishing emails to trick confused users into handing over their login details.
Their messages attempt to convince users into visiting a website masquerading as a Microsoft Exchange system, which tries to coax visitors into handing over their email accounts' address and password. Marks are told they must provide the details to get an installer package supposedly needed after a failed Outlook security update.
The phishing text reads:
Windows Installer package update is required to automatically eliminate obsolete patches in your sequence of patches as a report on our server indicates an error code (0x700) as a result of a failed update Every installer sequence patch is being linked to an email account. Fill in the error code and other details to automatically fix this error.
The link is, of course, entirely bogus. It doesn't even follow to an encrypted server. And Microsoft never delivers its security updates via email precisely in order to make this sort of subterfuge stand out.