GoDaddy tests employees with phishing emails that promise Christmas bonuses: report


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Internet domain behemoth GoDaddy sent employees an email promising a Christmas bonus – which was actually a computer security test.

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Some 500 employees clicked an email on December 14 from an Arizona-based company that offered a $ 650 holiday bonus and asked them to fill out a form with their personal information.

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“Happy Holiday Goaddies! 2020 has been a record year for GoDaddy, thanks !, ”said the message, received by Phoenix TV-station KPNX.

“While we can’t celebrate together during our annual Holiday Party, we want to show our appreciation and share a $ 650 one-time holiday bonus!”

Internet domain behemoth GoDaddy sent employees an email promising a Christmas bonus – suggesting that there is indeed a computer security test. REUTERS / Mike Blake

The Copper Courier newspaper reported that two days later, employees received an email from GoDaddy’s chief of security, stating: “You are receiving this email because you have failed our recent phishing test”.

Many social media users rode GoDaddy over calls, as a test tone-deaf amid financial losses to millions of people due to the Condorius epidemic.

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The company said on Thursday that it apologized to people who felt the email was “insensitive”, adding it “takes the security of our platform very seriously.”

A spokesperson said in a statement, “We understand that some employees were upset over the phishing attempt and felt that it was insensitive, for which we apologized.”

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