GoDaddy sent an email to employees announcing a surprise holiday bonus. It was really a phishing email test, and those who failed were invited to get more security training

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GoDaddy is under fire for emailing employees with a $ 650 vacation bonus.
The email was actually a phishing test.
"To ensure you receive your one-time bonus in time for the holidays, please select your location and fill in the details by Friday, December 18th," the email said.
Employees who failed the phishing email test were invited to retake the company's security training instead.
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GoDaddy, the world's largest domain registrar and web hosting company, is faced with a phishing test disguised as the announcement of a vacation bonus.
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On December 14th, according to The Copper Courier, GoDaddy employees received an email from happyholiday@Godaddy.com entitled "GoDaddy Holiday Party".
"2020 was a record year for GoDaddy thanks to you!" The email continued, "While we can't party together during our annual Christmas party, we'd like to show our appreciation and share a one-time vacation bonus of $ 650!"
Recipients were asked to provide personal information by December 18th. Phishing emails usually ask the ignorant to reveal personal or financial information, which could then be used with malicious intent.
An email dated December 14th to hundreds of GoDaddy employees with a vacation bonus to employees that was actually a phishing test. Screenshots of the email were sent to The Copper Courier by several GoDaddy employees.
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An email dated December 14th to hundreds of GoDaddy employees with a vacation bonus to employees that was actually a phishing test. Screenshots of the email were sent to The Copper Courier by several GoDaddy employees.
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Several GoDaddy employees shared the email with The Copper Courier. The email contained a snowflake banner on the theme of a Christmas party invitation.
Two days after the announcement was posted, at least 500 employees received an email from the company's chief security officer, according to The Copper Courier.
"You are receiving this email because you failed our recent phishing test," the company's security chief Demetrius Comes wrote in the email. "You need to repeat the Security Awareness Social Engineering training."
Businesses regularly use methods to educate employees about computer security. Security breaches can disrupt businesses and expose individuals to identity theft.
GoDaddy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In 2020, GoDaddy reported "record customer growth" and said it exceeded 20 million customers, but the company has not escaped the hardship. The company will have to lay off or reallocate hundreds of employees during the pandemic.
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