Sources say that no user data was breached after Snapchat falls foul of a phishing scam.
Snapchat has now released a blog apologising to its staff after the attack tricked an HR employee into handing over payroll information about “some current and former employees”.
Explaining the events, the Snapchat team stated that “Snapchat’s payroll department was targeted by an isolated email phishing scam in which a scammer impersonated our Chief Executive Officer and asked for employee payroll information.
Unfortunately, the phishing email wasn’t recognized for what it was–a scam–and payroll information about some current and former employees was disclosed externally.”
The statement continues to explain that the company servers were not breached and user data was completely unaffected. Within four hours of the incident, it was reported to the FBI and confirmed to be an isolated incident.
The company will now “redouble our already rigorous training programs around privacy and security in the coming weeks.”
For more information on Phishing scams see our recent blog post, here: “Don’t fall foul to Whale finance fraud”