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New phishing scam appears to be Adobe update

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Computer hackers and other cyber criminals are constantly trying to determine new ways to breach the security of personal and work-based computer systems. According to CNET, one of the more recent attempts at gaining information is a piece of spam that masquerade itself as an Adobe Acrobat upgrade.

The source says that the emails notify users that a new upgrade is available for their Adobe reader and directs them to a website. According to Cloudmark, the website URL includes Adobe to give it the illusion of legitimacy, however, the site is not official.

Users are prompted to enter personal information, including contract, identification and credit card information, which will then be directed to those fraudulently operating the site.

According to the source, a similar scam has been operated and shut down twice before. However, the ease of obtaining a new email account to set the scam up again may be the reason why it continuously reappears.

These types of scams may dangerous in particular, for those attempting to order the software for a business and using a company credit card. Companies should ensure they have a backup plan in place to complete projects in the event that serious security problems arise. Small businesses may also benefit from having liability insurance in the event that such a problem inhibits their ability to perform contracted work for clients.  

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