A large number of users rely on Windows Live services. This is a fact that makes cybercriminals come up with new ways of trying to dupe unsuspecting internauts into handing over their usernames and passwords.
A perfect example of such a phishing campaign is provided by Help Net Security.
The email, purporting to come from the Hotmail Security Team, notifies the recipient that his/her account has “exceeded its sending and receiving limit in the last 7 days.”
The fake alert continues, “Due to this, we have to suspend your account in order to prevent unwanted bots and spyware using our customer’s accounts. In order to verify your account and lift the suspension limit, please verify your account information on the link bellow.”
Of course, the link doesn’t point to a genuine login site, but to a cleverly designed replica.
We conclude this post with a piece of advice: keep your account safe by double-checking the legitimacy of every official-looking email that lands in your inbox.