Hackers talk their way into computers

June 16, 2011
Cyber crooks are avoiding the need for slick software skills by talking their way past computer defenses with old-fashioned telephone calls. Microsoft on Thursday warned that hackers posing as members of the software titan's support or research teams are calling people to trick them into installing viruses, revealing passwords, or disclosing credit card numbers.

Cyber crooks are avoiding the need for slick software skills by talking their way past computer defenses with old-fashioned telephone calls.

Microsoft on Thursday warned that hackers posing as members of the software titan's support or research teams are calling people to trick them into installing viruses, revealing passwords, or disclosing .

"Cybercriminals don't just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites," Microsoft said in a message at its online security center.

"They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft."

Imposters might offer to solve computer problems or sell people software licenses, according to the Redmond, Washington-based .

People may be duped into downloading and installing that could steal information or seize control of computers.

Microsoft urged people never to buy anything from unsolicited callers claiming to work for the company and not to turn control of their computers over to strangers.

Explore further: Hackers aim ruse at Apple computer users

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Making AI systems that see the world as humans do

January 19, 2017

A Northwestern University team developed a new computational model that performs at human levels on a standard intelligence test. This work is an important step toward making artificial intelligence systems that see and understand ...

Firms push hydrogen as top green energy source

January 18, 2017

Over a dozen leading European and Asian firms have teamed up to promote the use of hydrogen as a clean fuel and cut the production of harmful gasses that lead to global warming.

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

meerling
5 / 5 (1) Jun 16, 2011
It's called Social Engineering and always has been the biggest and most successful tool for breaking into someone elses computers.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.