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Latest Malware Disguised as a PDF Reader Update

Symantec Hosted Services has today reported that malicious e-mail attacks that look like PDF reader updates have been increasing in volume since the middle of June.

The phishing emails do not link to malware but istead are intended to target credit card information.

The malicious email links to a page advertising fake new PDF reader software, which then links to another site that uses offers of free software and other gifts to encourage viewers to pay for membership.

Victims are then asked to enter their card details on a page that includes the logos of the top credit card providers and the logos of their secure payment systems.

Jo Hurcombe, AV operations engineer at Symantec said that the site is particularly dangerous because of how genuine the pages appear, also warning that any unsolicited email should be treated as highly suspicious.

If a site is not using SSL encryption with a URL that starts with "https" then it is not secure and Hurcombe warns that site visitors should not make a payment in this instance.

"Even if the site does use SSL, that does not guarantee security as the site itself could be designed specifically to harvest personal information," Hurcombe stated.

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