As the holidays approach, GoDaddy employees received an email last week offering welcome financial assistance: a vacation bonus of $ 650.
Two days later, they received another email from GoDaddy:
“You failed our recent phishing test.” https://t.co/FHWG93BnAM
– Lorraine Longhi 🌵 (@lolonghi) December 23, 2020
Those who did were told two days later that “you failed our recent phishing test” and that they would be required to complete security training, according to Copper mail journalist Lorraine Longhi. News of the “test” sparked outrage on Twitter, with some users threatening to switch hosting providers.
While it’s not unusual for companies to send fake phishing emails to test their employees, promising a vacation bonus amid a pandemic when millions struggle staying fed and housed is particularly cruel. As Longhi points out, GoDaddy “has laid off or reassigned hundreds of employees during the coronavirus pandemic”, despite reports record growth new clients during its last call for results.
GoDaddy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Update 12/24 at 7:40 p.m. ET: In a statement, a spokesperson for GoDaddy said the company had apologized to employees. “GoDaddy takes the security of our platform very seriously. We understand that some employees were upset by the phishing attempt and felt it was unresponsive, for which we apologized, ”the spokesperson said. “While the test mimicked real attempts in play today, we need to do better and be more responsive to our employees.”