GoDaddy cold-hearted phishing exercise got employees’ hopes up — only to dash them

GoDaddy really f***ed up.  There’s simply no other way to put it even though they try to justify it by saying that they mimicked really forces in play these days.  On December 23, Lorraine Longhi tweeted:

With the holidays around the corner, GoDaddy employees received an email last week offering some welcome financial relief: a $650 holiday bonus.

Two days later, they received another email from GoDaddy: “You failed our recent phishing test.”

AFP reports on the firm’s inadequate attempts to undo all the bad PR and bad will they have created:

US web company GoDaddy apologized Thursday after an email that promised employees a Christmas bonus in the midst of the economic crisis turned out to be a computer security test.

“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,” a spokesman for GoDaddy, the largest internet domain management company in the world, told AFP in a statement.

“While the test mimicked real attempts in play today, we need to do better and be more sensitive to our employees,” added the Arizona-based company.

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