Virus on PDF Attachments!

by kim
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Published on: March 18, 2013

Yes, there is a virus being distributed via a PDF attachment that can be attached to an email from the email address of someone you know or don’t know.

According to Kaspersky Labs, a leader in the virus protection industry, ” in a newly discovered recurring campaign, cyber-criminals are sending out emails with a malicious PDF attachment masquerading as notices and reminders to pay overdue bills. The email campaign appears to have been ongoing since November, and follows a set schedule, hitting victim inboxes either on the 4th or the 21st of the month.”

Now that these criminals know we are aware of the designated date, they can change their malicious code to activate on any date.

There are a few things you can do to help prevent becoming a victim:

1. When you receive an email with the PDF attachment from a known source, do not open it without first verifying the sender actually sent it. Call them and confirm before opening the email.

2. If you receive the email from an unknown or unexpected source, do not open the PDF or attachment. Call the company directly if you currently have a business relationship with the company. Delete the email if you do not have a business relationship, do not open to PDF to find out the details.

Do not be fooled by the name of origin, I personally received an email from Verizon Wireless indicating I had an outstanding balance with a PDF attached. I was initially a little upset because I paid them off years ago. When I called Verizon they indicated this is a hoax and they did not send out this email. So verify authenticity before you react by opening the email attachment.

Another common disguise is a complaint notice from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Do not open any of these emails! If you think you may have a complaint, call your local BBB to find out.

And if you have already opened one of these emails and notice your computer is behaving abnormally, please remember, Computers at Your Fingertips is available to help resolve your computer problems. Whether it’s to resolve a problem or purchase something new, we are At Your Fingertips. So call us at 708-833-8100, email us at or visit us at

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