PDF documents and phishing.
How do viruses, malware, and other nasty weapons that hackers use actually get on someone’s computer? The answer is a practice called phishing.
Phishing is when hackers make their emails appear as if they come from a familiar brand, a government agency, or other benign source. The victim then downloads a file or goes to a website that they think is from a trusted source, but there’s almost always a tell in phishing emails. Something might be slightly off, or it could come from an address that is clearly not correct.
So, can PDFs have viruses? They can, and they can look like a suspicious message with an attachment about your car insurance, but you don’t actually have a car. If so, you’re almost certainly looking at a message from a hacker who’s trying to dangle bait in front of you.