IMPORTANT Complete Blood Count Result Fake PDF Malware

Fake Document

This email saying IMPORTANT Complete blood count result pretending to come from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has to be the most vicious and evil attempt by any malware purveyor to try to infect a victim. Sending an email saying that you probably have cancer will alarm & distress so many people and is just the most offensive and disgusting attempt to trick a user into opening a malware attachment.

IMPORTANT Complete blood count (CBC)result pretending to come from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) 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.

I really have seen some horrible scams & phishing attempts over the years but this one really takes the biscuit. With all the current upheavals and changes within the UK NHS system, it is just believable enough that with the changes to online appointment booking and text and email confirmations about appointments and appointment reminders, for the NHS to have suddenly started to send blood test results via email.

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. This zbot like many recent zbots also steals bitcoin and other virtual currency wallets.

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.

Other subjects in this evil email attempt to infect you are:

  • IMPORTANT:Blood analysis result
  • IMPORTANT:Blood analysis
  • IMPORTANT:Complete blood count (CBC)result

 

Dear < removed>
We have been sent a sample of your blood analysis for further research. During the complete blood count (CBC) we have revealed that white blood cells is very low, and unfortunately we have a suspicion of a cancer.

Wite Blood cells 1200 Low
Hemoglobin 12 Normal
Platelets 19000 Low

We suggest you to print out your CBC test results and interpretations in attachment below and visit your
family doctor as soon as possible

Sincerely,
Dr.Marks Darius

IMPORTANT Complete blood count (CBC)result

13 March 2021: CBC_Result_9B4824B65E.zip (55kb) Extracts to CBC_scaned_584444449.pdf.exe Current Virus total detections: 2/50 MALWR Auto Analysis:

This IMPORTANT Complete blood count (CBC)result 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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