Scottsdale, Arizona-based web company GoDaddy apologized Thursday after an email promising employees a Christmas bonus-related economic problems turned out to be computer security test.
“GoDaddy takes the security of our platform very seriously. We know that some employees were upset by the phishing attempt and found it insensitive, for which we apologized,” said a spokesman for GoDaddy, the largest Internet domain management company. Company of the world AFP in a statement.
“While the test mimicked real in-game trials, we need to do better and be more sensitive to our staff,” GoDaddy said.
Around 500 employees clicked on a December email from the company with a Christmas bonus of $ 650 asking them to fill out a form with their personal information.
Another message appeared in their inboxes two days later.
“You received this email because you failed our recent phishing test,” the GoDaddy security chief said in an email, according to the Arizona Copper Courier newspaper.
The phishing technique widely used by computer hackers sends e-mails purporting to be from someone known to the intended target with the aim of obtaining information about the infiltration of their computer systems.
The test email sparked an uproar on social media as millions of Americans were hard hit by the economic troubles related to the pandemic