Fake Invoice Malware Warning

Over the last two weeks, we have seen an increase of fake e-mails pretending to contain invoices for various companies. The most common one that we have come across claims to be from someone calling themselves Sue Mockridge of Broad Oak Toiletries Ltd, Tiverton. This is another one from the current series of zbot Trojan horse attacks (also known as Zeus/Gamover) which try to install malware on computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system (breath a sigh of relief Mac users). The invoice may be in the form of a .pdf file or Word .doc which looks innocent enough. However they are more likely to be disguised .EXE (executable) files that will install files to steal passwords, banking information or install ransomware (CryptoLocker) to try to blackmail you into paying the criminals money for decrypting your computer files.

NEVER OPEN ANY EMAIL ATTACHMENT THAT IS FROM AN UNKNOWN SOURCE.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ANTI VIRUS SOFTWARE INSTALLED AND KEEP IT REGULARLY UPDATED.
IN CASE OF BEING THE VICTIM OF RANSOMWARE, CONSIDER MAKING REGULAR NON-LOCAL AND CLOUD-BASED BACKUPS.

Please note that www.broadoaktoiletries.com is a real company and are only too aware that their email has been hijacked. There is a message on their website to this affect so there is no need to contact them. In fact the Sue Mockridge email is also arriving from many other email addresses, all legitimate companies.