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Ofcom Spectrum Licensing Malware Emails


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Inboxes are currently being hit by malware emails that falsely claim to be from Ofcom Spectrum Licensing. The emails claim that you should open an attached Microsoft Word file to view 'important documents relating to your Wireless Telegraphy licence or application'.

However, the emails are not from UK regulator Ofcom and the attached file does not contain Spectrum Licensing information.

In fact, the emails are an attempt by online criminals to trick recipients into installing malware. Ofcom has warned consumers about the fake emails via a post on its website, which notes:
05|08|15 Some people have received an email that appears to have come from Ofcom spectrum licensing. The email has not been sent by Ofcom - it is a hoax and should be treated as spam and deleted. We have not experienced a breach of our data or systems, and we are investigating as a priority.
If you open the attached Word document, you will be instructed to enable macros to allow the document's content to be viewed. However, if you enable macros as requested, a malicious macro will attempt to download and install further malware. Once installed, the malware can record sensitive information such as your bank account login credentials and send them to online criminals.

If you receive one of these emails, do not open any attachments or click any links that it contains.

   

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Subject: IMPORTANT - Document From Ofcom Spectrum Licensing

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please find attached an electronic version of important documents relating to your Wireless Telegraphy licence or application.

Please read the document carefully and keep it for future reference.

If any details within this letter are incorrect, please notify Ofcom Spectrum Licensing as soon as possible. It is the Licensee's responsibility to ensure all information we hold is correct and current.

If you have any enquiries relating to this document, please email

[Email address removed]

Yours faithfully,

Ofcom Spectrum Licensing
Riverside House
[Address and contact details removed]




Malware Threat

Last updated: August 6, 2015
First published: August 6, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
IMPORTANT - Document From Ofcom Spectrum Licensing
Ofcom - Radiocommunications licences
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