New releases, be it software or hardware, are the most usual jump off points where cybercriminals launch their attacks. The October 2012 Windows 8 release is one of the new releases that cybercriminals used as lure. The latest iteration to the Microsoft flagship operating system is offered as an upgrade in a fake email notification, purportedly coming from Microsoft Windows 8 Team.
The message urges users to upgrade to Windows 8 by clicking on a link provided. Once clicked, users are redirected to a phishing site where certain personal information are collected. The collected information can be used for malicious activities.