Helping your Business onile pretending to come from HMRC Business Help and Education Emails 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.
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.
Email looks like
To the Financial Controller,
HMRC can help you with the first steps if you are a small or Medium sized business understand The New Government Grant Scheme through three free webinars where you can ask our experts questions whilst you are online.
Small Business Grant Scheme and HMRC-what you need to know. Mon 1 Sep at 10.30 am
When you open registration form, you will be asked to provide your name and a valid email address, so that we can send you a link to attend.
You do not need a camera or microphone to attend a webinar. Even if you do have these, the webinar will not activate them, and our presenters will not be able to see or hear you during the webinar.
If you wish, you can still ask questions by typing them into the text box in the webinar screen. Our presenters will explain how to do this during the webinar.
Head of SME Education
21 August 2014 Credit_file_961529461.zip ( 50 kb): Extracts to www.hmrc.gov.com Current Virus total detections: 1/51 MALWR Auto Analysis:
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.