Fake emails impersonate premier’s office, GN warns
Government advises people to always verify the sender’s identity before opening, and to report suspicious emails
The Government of Nunavut warned Nunavummiut on Tuesday to be on the lookout for seemingly official emails that purport to be sent by Premier P.J. Akeeagok seeking assistance from individuals.
In fact, they are part of what the government described as “a malicious email phishing scam that fraudulently impersonates Premier Akeeagok’s official communications,” a news release said on Tuesday.
The suspicious email that triggered the announcement was discovered circulating among government workers’ accounts, said Beth Brown, a spokesperson for the premier’s office.
She said the language in the email is not threatening and that she’s not aware of anyone who has been victimized by the emails.
Phishing email attacks are often used to gain access to sensitive information, such as passwords or credit card information. The GN issued a similar notice during the North American Indigenous Games in July, warning of fake livestreams used to solicit personal information.
In some cases, information gleaned from attacks can be used for further incursions such as the installation of ransomware that allows hackers to hold critical computer systems hostage demanding payment in order to release locked-down systems.
The GN’s announcement advised people to be cautious when receiving unsolicited or unexpected email. Recommended precautions include verifying the sender’s identity, being cautious with personal information, and reporting all suspicious emails.