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PSNI Cyber Crime unit warns of new 'malicious' PDF on internet

Police have warned an email containing a malicious PDF document is being circulated on the internet.

PSNI Cyber Crime Centre have warned the email is being circulated by compromising an email account then spamming the contact list of that account.

This email is known to have passed through several organisations and sectors in Northern Ireland.

Cyber Crime Centre advise that if you are in any doubt about unsolicited emails, not to email or click on the attachment.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey said: "We would remind all businesses to make sure that system patches are applied and anti-virus applications are kept up to date and to take steps to protect themselves by making sure employees are fully aware of the following:

Do not click or open unfamiliar links in emails or on websites.

∙ Check the legitimacy of any email received.

∙ Use two factor authentication for processing payments.

∙ Ensure you have up-to-date anti-virus software and perform regular scans, including scans for malware.

∙ If you have clicked or activated any malicious link you should seek professional advice from a reputable company."

Further advice on protecting your business can be found at www.getsafeonline.org and www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni

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