Snapchat turns over information on 700 employees after getting phished

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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7 Comments

1. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Needless to say, that employee is terminated.

3. Roshnishama

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Yes, he should be!

2. Roshnishama

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Yes he should be arrested as well!

5. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Arrest ? Really ? That is just stupid...

4. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 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..."

7. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 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.

9. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1789; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Snap Chat me that.....

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