Updating and encryption
The fact that users have to virtually wait in line to receive this update, makes them even more likely to fall victim to this campaign.
First, the from address, the adversaries are spoofing the email to look like it is coming directly from Microsoft (updatemicrosoft.com).
On January 1, 2017, all companies that process credit card payments online must switch to the latest standard of encryption, known as Transport Layer Security 1.2, or TLS 1.2 for short.
You may not have heard of TLS or its counterpart Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) before, but these are crucial encryption protocols that make secure communication on the internet possible.
It is also referred to as Over-the-Air Transfer (OTAT), or Over-the-Air-Distribution (OTAD)depending on the specific type, use, and transmission means of the key being changed.
Although the acronym refers specifically to radio transmission means, the technology is also employed via land line and cable.