IMPORTANT: *.zip Email Virus in North Yorkshire Schools

Zip (nnn.zip) File Email Virus

Emails claiming to be from large reputable companies (Amazon, T-Mobile, Companies House, HMRC, etc.)  are circulating in North Yorkshire Schools which have a zip file attached to them.

Within the zip file is an .exe file which if clicked on installs a virus on your computer.

The fake email has been carefully styled to look like an official email and may say that it is in relation to something that you have ordered, queried, booked etc.

If you receive an email like this with a zip file attached and a “.exe” file within the zip file you should delete it immediately and report it to Schools ICT via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are unfortunate enough to have clicked on it, please contact Schools ICT immediately for instructions on how to deal with it.

The type of virus is as yet unknown, but .zip files are common carriers for virus attacks as they often bypass the security scans.

Here are a few tips about .zip file emails:

  • Never open a Zip file that is attached to an email from an unknown source.
  • If an unexpected Zip file is attached to email an from someone you know, consider verifying with the sender that the an attachment is legitimate.
  • Some viruses spread by emailing copies of an themselves to everyone in the contact lists of infected computers; this an means that you can receive infected files even from people you know.

Avoid downloading Zip files from untrusted web sites.

Of course, these guidelines don’t apply only to Zip files; they apply equally to any file type.

If you have any concerns regarding this, please contact the Schools ICT Helpdesk on 0844 875 7428.