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[RAC] Cybersecurity Update February 2024: Phishing attempt being sent to RAC emails

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Radio Amateurs of Canada

Feb 21, 2024, 3:11:07 PMFeb 21

** Cybersecurity Update: Phishing attempt being sent to RAC emails
RAC Bulletin February 21 , 2024:

There have been several recent reports from RAC members of phishing attemp
ts by someone purporting to be from Radio Amateurs of Canada. In the curre
nt attempt the message states:

Microsoft: "
Phishing attacks (
36708c57f4155fb6d015980c68d19c) come from scammers disguised as trustworth
y sources and can facilitate access to all types of sensitive data. As tec
hnologies evolve, so do cyberattacks."

Phishing attempts use publicly available information to fake legitimacy. I
n some cases they use the names and contact information of RAC officials t
o gain your trust. For example, today's phishing attempt falsely states
that it originates from "Phil A McBride" and this is not the case. It als
o uses the fake heading "Special Report from Radio Amateurs of Canada â
€“ 2/21/2024" to encourage users to open the document by clicking on a
link. Please do not!

** RAC's Cybersecurity Efforts

To date, there have been no direct successful attacks on the RAC compute
r system. Unfortunately attempts to defraud people through email messages
and phone calls are a part of the world we live in today.

We will continue to take measures to ensure that our computer system is as
safe as possible and that our members are provided with information.

Radio Amateurs of Canada is continuing to increase our cybersecurity. We d
o not keep any financial information and only widely available personal in
formation (such as name, call sign and dates relating to current members
hip) is available in our system so our risks are considerably less than co
mpared to commercial systems.

Note: Radio Amateurs of Canada collects personally identifiable informatio
n about you when you voluntarily provide it. When you apply for membership
and subscription services, or provide your personal contact information
for publication or product orders, every effort will be made to ensure
that the information provided will be securely maintained. For more infor
mation please see our Privacy Policy (
and our Cybersecurity ( webpage.

** Tips on Avoiding Email Scams


Here are a few tips on how to avoid email scams:


1) Filter spam.

2) Don’t trust unsolicited email.

3) Treat email attachments with caution.

4) Don’t click links in email messages unless you are confident yo
u know who the sender is.

5) Install antivirus software and keep it up to date.

6) Install a personal firewall and keep it up to date.

7) Configure your email client for security.


In closing, any email claiming to have your address and passwo
rd is a scam and should be deleted.

Radio Amateurs of Canada will never ask people to download files from a th
ird-party site in their email communication.

Always check to see if the sender of a suspicious email has an ema
il address as all RAC officials use

If you are concerned or suspicious always contact the
RAC office ( before opening any files in an email mess
age that appears to come from RAC.

Thank you for continuing to notify us about cybersecurity threats!

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director


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