Microsoft has seized a number of phishing domains in an attempt to disrupt cybercriminals who recently switched targets to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to a civil suit brought by the tech giant, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued an order that let Microsoft take control of the domains, according to a blog post penned by Tom Burt, company corporate vice president, customer security and trust.

The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) discovered the criminals behind attempts to access customer email, contact lists, sensitive documents and the like in December before the pandemic hit and took steps to block the activity.

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