When people get phished we expect them to be average Joes, but it can happen to tech-savvy companies too. In this case, Snapchat was tricked into handing over information on about 700 employees.
Messaging app Snapchat was the target of an elaborate hoax and a criminal action. See, it doesn’t just happen to regular folks. Everyone is at risk. Even large companies who should know better and have some protection.
On Friday, someone sent an online message to Snapchat’s accounting department requesting information on employees on behalf of CEO Evan Spiegel. An employee actually sent out this information to a faceless, nameless person on the other side of the internet connection. I guess their intentions were good, even their common sense was not working. After the information was sent, the employee decided that she better double-check this request with Spiegel himself. Too late.
Luckily, no private data was involved, and it was determined Snapchat was not under any more “attacks.” So that is good news at least. Snapchat sent out a letter to affected employees, offering them two free years of identity-theft insurance and monitoring. Employees will now be re-trained to prevent this kind of thing from happening in the future.
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