The NBA’s greatest and most storied franchise, the Milwaukee Bucks, are in a bit of hot water this week after accidentally sending all of their players’ personal financial information to an online scammer.
The Bucks (33-49) have taken full responsibility for one of their employees sending players’ 2015 W-2s to an unknown party impersonating the team president. The team has described the issue as a “serious security incident.” Yeah, no shit.
Look at all the information they gave away, per Yahoo Sports:
The W-2 information included names, addresses, Social Security numbers, compensation information and dates of birth. An unknown party requested the private documents on April 26, and the Bucks ultimately discovered on May 16 that the financial forms were sent to a spoof hacker, according to the email sent to players.
Unsurprisingly, players and their agents are pissed.
Player representatives with clients on the Bucks during the 2015 fiscal year are working to secure the safety of their players’ finances.
“The communication received on this major security breach is unacceptable,” one agent with a client on the Bucks told The Vertical. “The players need to know the exact measures being taken by the Bucks and the FBI to ensure each and every player’s identity and financial information will not be compromised. There needs to be accountability for such a mistake, details on the steps taken to rectify it and a process put in place to make sure this never happens again.”
There could be severe consequences of the information being compromised. Professional sports teams with millions in equity are supposed to have security measures in place to prevent such incidents.
How do you think that poor employee in accounting feels right now? Probably pretty fired, right?
The next time MilwaukeeBucksPresident@gmail.com demands all of the financial information of the organization’s richest employees, maybe take a step back and think, “Hm. Does this make any sense at all for me to send?” If the answer is still yes, perhaps it is time to re-evaluate your own personal finances as well. God knows what information you have already given to scammers.
This will almost definitely have a negative impact on the ‘Milwaukee Bucks’ Glassdoor reviews..
[via Yahoo Sports]
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