Is it a prank? West Midlands Trains (WMT), a railroad company in the UK, sent its employees an email promising a bonus for their “hard work” during the pandemic. However, it turned out to be a security test.
The message was sent to 2,500 employees, and when employees went to the suggested link to find out more details about the alleged bonus, they received a second email stating that it was just a “system check” acted.
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According to the company, the first email was sent with the aim of mimicking phishing, a method used by digital criminals to gain access to a company’s database.
Anger was there
The railway union called the company’s behavior “impolite and reprehensible”.
Emanuel Cortez, Secretary General of the Transport Workers Union (TSSA) said WTM could have done it differently and urged the company to apologize and even pay bonuses to employees who “have donated a lot in the past 12 months”, as reported BBC News Russia.
However, a spokesman for the UK company stated, “This important review was deliberately used the type of messages sent by real cyber criminals without causing any real harm.”
As for you, how would you have done it if your company fooled you in this way?