VIDEO: Snapchat data breach shows that sometimes it’s good to say no to your CEO

“Do you mind just sending over the payroll database?”

Graham Cluley
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One of Snapchat’s employees was targeted by online criminals who managed to convince them that they were the company’s CEO.

The result? A number of Snapchat’s workers have had their identities compromised.

There’s an important lesson for companies and workers to learn here, as I explain in my latest YouTube video: it’s okay to say no.

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The silver lining on the sorry tale is that Snapchat’s millions of users have not had their information compromised – the attack only managed to steal details related to employees.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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