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GoDaddy’s ‘Holiday Bonus’ Phishing Test on Employees Gets Backfired

GoDaddy promised a $650 holiday bonus, but it was just a phishing test. ... were informed two days later that “you failed our recent phishing test,” and that they ... “GoDaddy takes the security of our platform extremely seriously.

In the company says that you will get an holiday rewards this year, it will be perhaps the best thing to hear in 2020. A popular service provider firm, GoDaddy did the same recently, except that it was a deaf phishing test and got backfired on social media.

Although it seemed about awarding employees with extra cash, those who failed the test, were assigned extra work instead. GoDaddy promised $650 holiday bonus in the mail sent to employees and many of them thought it was an act of corporate goodwill. As per Copper Courier, this occurred with approximately 500 workers at GoDaddy.

The email expressed that it will give one-time payouts to “show our thankfulness” for “a record year for GoDaddy.” It likewise requested that workers answer, giving their subtleties on the spot and other data to get installments.

The email stated that it will give one-time payouts to “show our appreciation” for “a record year for GoDaddy.” It also asked employees to reply, giving their details on location and other information in order to receive payments.

However, those who gave their information, got a mail after a couple of days stating that they failed the phishing test. It also mentioned that they would be required to complete a security training.

This news, however, reached the social media and got an outrage from many users, threatening to change hosting providers.

It often happens that companies send fake phishing emails to test employers. However, considering the pandemic scenario, health issues and millions who are struggling to stay fed and are unemployed, this email didn’t really prove what it was intended to.

It has also been pointed out that GoDaddy laid off or reassigned hundreds of employees during the pandemic. However, this was despite reporting record growth in new customers in last earnings call.

GoDaddy, however, soon apologized for to its employees and customers. In a statement, the spokesperson said “GoDaddy takes the security of our platform extremely seriously. We understand some employees were upset by the phishing attempt and felt it was insensitive, for which we have apologized. While the test mimicked real attempts in play today, we need to do better and be more sensitive to our employees.”