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Vast Phishing Campaign Hits Microsoft Users in 62 Countries

  • Attacks targeted millions of Office 365 users in a single week
  • Hackers shifted focus to capitalize on Covid-19 pandemic
    
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Microsoft Corp. customers were targeted in a massive phishing campaign that has sought to defraud users in 62 countries since December. Recently, the malicious emails have evolved to capitalize on the pandemic, according to Microsoft.

The attack “targeted business leaders across a variety of industries, attempting to compromise accounts, steal information and re-direct wire transfers,” Microsoft said Tuesday in a blog post. The campaign was vast, hitting millions of Microsoft Office 365 users with attempted hacks in a single week, the company said.