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Snapchat turns over information on 700 employees after getting phished

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Snapchat turns over information on 700 employees after getting phished
It's one thing for the average Joe to get phished; it's another when a tech savvy corporation is tricked into handing over information about 700 employees. Messaging app Snapchat, valued last year at $16 to $19 billion based on funding rounds, was the target of an elaborate hoax and a criminal action.

On Friday, someone sent an online message to Snapchat's accounting department requesting information on employees on behalf of CEO Evan Spiegel. And an employee actually sent out this information to a faceless, nameless person on the other side of the internet connection. And it only was after the information was sent that the employee decided that she had better double-check this request with Spiegel himself. Luckily, no private data was involved, and it was determined Snapchat was not under any more "attacks."

Snapchat ended up sending out a letter to affected employees, offering them two free years of identity-theft insurance and monitoring. Employees will be re-trained to prevent this from happening in the future. Let this be a lesson to to you. If you get a request that is out of the ordinary, double-check it first before complying with it.

source: Snapchat via SlashGear

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posted on 29 Feb 2016, 12:51 11

1. WillieFDiaz (Posts: 120; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Needless to say, that employee is terminated.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 13:54

3. Roshnishama (Posts: 33; Member since: 10 Aug 2015)


Yes, he should be!

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 13:53

2. Roshnishama (Posts: 33; Member since: 10 Aug 2015)


Yes he should be arrested as well!

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 14:15 3

5. nokia12 (Posts: 518; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


Arrest ? Really ?

That is just stupid...

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 14:12

4. SuperAndroid507 (Posts: 310; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


What on earth was that person thinking !?
"...Hey look the boss (which I am lucky to know his name) sent me an email requesting information, better hand it out quickly so I can get noticed..."

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 15:21

7. Carl3000 (Posts: 221; Member since: 11 Oct 2014)


"No private data was involved" Yet 700 people get 2 years of full, free identity theft insurance and monitoring. Lol how naive and stupid do they think people are? Clearly more than much more got out than the winners of employee of the month.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 17:25

9. Mreveryphone (Posts: 647; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Snap Chat me that.....

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