1. Microsoft: Beware this massive phishing campaign using malicious Excel macros to hack PCs  ZDNet
  2. Microsoft warns of huge email phishing scam - here's how to stay protected  TechRadar India
  3. 'Coronavirus Report' Emails Spread NetSupport RAT, Microsoft Warns  Threatpost
  4. PSA: Terrible people are running a phishing campaign with fake Covid-19 stats  PC Gamer
  5. Microsoft warns of 'massive' COVID-19 email phishing campaign: What to do  Laptop Mag
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Hundreds of different Excel files have been used to trick PC users into installing a remote access tool that attackers can use to control their machine.Hundreds of different Excel files have been used to trick PC users into installing a remote access tool that attackers can use to control their machine.

Microsoft: Beware this massive phishing campaign using malicious Excel macros to hack PCs | ZDNet

Microsoft Security Intelligence team alerts users about Covid-19 themed phishing campaign that can allow hackers to take over their computers.Yet another reason to avoid opening any Covid-19 related emails in your inbox

Microsoft warns of huge email phishing scam - here's how to stay protected | TechRadar

Microsoft has put out a warning against a "massive" phishing campaign that tries to trick people into opening email attachments containing malicious Excel 4.0 macros.Here's how to spot the phishing emails

Microsoft warns of 'massive' COVID-19 email phishing campaign: What to do | Laptop Mag

Attackers used malicious Excel 4.0 documents to spread the weaponized NetSupport RAT in a spear-phishing campaign.Attackers used malicious Excel 4.0 documents to spread the weaponized NetSupport RAT in a spear-phishing campaign.

‘Coronavirus Report’ Emails Spread NetSupport RAT, Microsoft Warns | Threatpost

“We’re tracking a massive campaign that delivers the legitimate remote access tool NetSupport Manager using emails with attachments containing malicious Excel 4.0 macros. The COVID-19 themed campaign started on May 12 and has so far used several hundreds of unique attachments.”

Microsoft Security Intelligence on Twitter: "We’re tracking a massive campaign that delivers the legitimate remote access tool NetSupport Manager using emails with attachments containing malicious Excel 4.0 macros. The COVID-19 themed campaign started on May 12 and has so far used several hundreds of unique attachments.… https://t.co/vujpBCUH4q"

Security researchers at Microsoft say they have seen a "steady increase" in unsolicited email attachments containing malicious Excel 4.0 macros. It is part of a "massive campaign" to infect PCs with malware under the guise of providing current statistics related to Covid-19.Phishing scams are nothing new by any stretch, but according to Microsoft (via ZDNet), this latest campaign only started around a week ago "and has so far used several hundreds of unique attachments.""The emails purport to come from Johns Hopkins Center bearing 'WHO COVID-19 SITUATION REPORT'. The Excel files open w/ security warning & show a graph of supposed coronavirus cases in the US. If allowed to run, the malicious Excel 4.0 macro downloads & runs NetSupport Manager RAT," Microsoft stated on Twitter.In general, Microsoft says the number of malicious Excel 4.0 macros used in malware campaigns was already on the rise before this latest campaign. Starting in April, however, they started to use Covid-19 as bait to lure in victims.The hundreds of malicious Excel 4.0 macros used in this latest phishing campaign all connect to the same URL, which delivers a viral payload to the victim's PC. Once infected, an attacker can gain remote access to run commands on a system, and even install more malware.In a separate Twitter thread, Microsoft detailed a different but similar "Trickbot" campaign. These phishing emails purport to offer a "personal coronavirus check" to fool victims into opening a malicious Excel attachment. According to Microsoft, this "remains one of the most common payloads in Covid-19 themed campaigns."These are not the only ones, though. Last month, Trend Micro warned of several different types of malware masquerading as Covid-19 information, including one that makes a PC unbootable by overriding the master boot record.Smart computing habits are still your best defense. These entail not downloading or opening unexpected email attachments, and typing URLs directly into your browser.Still, now would be a good time to warn any less savvy family members and friends to be on the lookout for this sort of thing.Beware any Excel attachments claiming to contain coronavirus statistics in what Microsoft calls a "massive campaign."

PSA: Terrible people are running a phishing campaign with fake Covid-19 stats | PC Gamer

Microsoft has warned users about a persistent email phishing threat that targets users with a morbid, coronavirus-related lure and and a leading medical institution's likeness.The Microsoft Security Intelligence team warns of a malicious email making its way around the internet

Microsoft alerts users of massive phishing attack: What to do now | Tom's Guide

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