GoDaddy Sends Holiday Bonus Email to Employees – But It Was Just a Phishing Test


If you’ve ever wondered how cold and cruel large corporations can be… keep reading.

According to 12 News, on December 14th employees received an email from GoDaddy with a “GoDaddy Holiday Party” logo saying,

“Happy Holiday GoDaddy! 2020 has been a record year for GoDaddy, thanks to you! Though we cannot celebrate together during our annual Holiday Party, we want to show our appreciation and share a $650 one-time Holiday bonus! To ensure that you receive your one-time bonus in time for the Holidays, please select your location and fill in the details by Friday, December 18th.”

Except the bonus wasn’t real, it was really a phishing test being performed by the company’s security.

Two days later, instead of the promised bonus, employees got an email from GoDaddy’s security chief advising, “You are receiving this email because you failed our recent phishing test, after 500 staffers clicked on the link.”

Then the Twitterverse unleashed hell upon GoDaddy for the poor timing of their test.

And finally, the apology came on Thursday to people who thought the the email was a bit “insensitive,” but doubling down that the company “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.”

[h/t nypost]