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Please be cautious of a virus-infected email sent from someone pretending to be an officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

November 29, 2016
Japanese

A number of cases have recently been confirmed where someone who pretended to be an officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) had sent an email with an attachment that contained a virus, or a link to a suspicious-looking website.

If you receive such a "hoax email," an email from an unknown source, or one that you are not sure is valid (particularly, an email sent from a free webmail account), we want you to just delete it without opening any attachment or clicking on any link in it.

The MOFA has given due consideration to adopting appropriate security measures, including settings of the email server that disallow mail from open relays (which allow third-party relay of email messages and are often subject to exploitation by unscrupulous senders), antivirus programs to prevent the transmission of virus-infected emails, and stepped-up monitoring. The MOFA is determined to continue enhancing necessary security measures.