Government Business Departament – Fake PDF Malware

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Government Business Departament pretending to come Department for Business Innovation & Skills <> from is another one from the current zbot runs which try to drop cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers. Please note the poor spelling in the email subject, which should be enough of a flag to warn users of the fake

Almost all of these have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your facebook and other social network log in details.

Please read our How to protect yourselves page for simple, sensible advice on how to avoid being infected by this sort of socially engineered malware.

Alternative subjects on this email are:

  • Government Backed Business Grants to Help the UK Economy
  • Government Business Departament


Are you looking for easy access to government and private business grants? Are you sick of struggling with paperwork and procedure when sourcing funds? Business Grants and Loans can link you to the necessary finances through our handy online application form. Whether starting a company or expanding operations, we can fund you from a number of sources to start up with. Application is completely free to apply. Our success rate is high, giving you a good chance of approval.

For further information please refer to the attached booklet.

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Government Business Departament

18 March 2021 ( 76kb) Extracts to scaned_87463546225634.pdf.exe Current Virus total detections: 6/50 MALWR Auto Analysis:

This Government Business Departament is another one of the spoofed icon files that unless you have “show known file extensions enabled“, will look like a proper PDF file instead of the .exe file it really is, so making it much more likely for you to accidentally open it and be infected.

All of these emails use Social engineering tricks to persuade you to open the attachments that come with the email. Whether it is a message saying “look at this picture of me I took last night” and it appears to come from a friend or is more targeted at somebody who regularly is likely to receive PDF attachments or Word .doc attachments or any other common file that you use every day. Be very careful when unzipping them and make sure you have “show known file extensions enabled“, And then look carefully at the unzipped file. If it says .EXE then it is a problem and should not be run or opened.

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