Friday, October 26, 2007

Alert: PDF Documents Infected

A large number of PDF documents are now infected opening them could give the attacker full control of your computer. The fix requires that an update be loaded for Acrobat Reader. We will be performing these updates for you during the next update cycle. Meanwhile, the infection is easily avoided because the infected document will show up on your network attached to spam.

Subject lines include:

Your credit report
Your credit points
Your balance report
Personal Financial Statement
Personal Credit Points
Personal Balance Report
Your Credit File
Balance Report

As always, the solution to this problem is to be very cautious when opening attachments to any email even if you know the person that sent it. A good habit to develop is to contact the person that sent you the attachment and ask what it is before you open it. Always be careful.

In case you are interested here is the report on the exploit from Adobe.

Amy Babinchak
Harbor Computer Services


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