TAYLORSVILLE – An email spoofing attack led to the theft of personal information of employees at Taylorsville furniture company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, officials said Tuesday.
An email spoofing attack forges a sender’s address in order to make a recipient believe the email is safe or from a trusted sender.
Eloise Goldman, the company’s vice president of public relations, said information from employee W-2 forms was taken. The company immediately notified the IRS, according to the release.
“As soon as the company discovered the fraudulent nature of the spoofing attack we began working tirelessly to investigate and mitigate the impact of the attack,” company officials said.
The company believes the attacker has not compromised its IT systems or computer network, according to the release. The company plans to begin mandatory training for employees on information privacy and security. Additional safeguards will also be put into place.
The company now provides identity theft protection services through an arrangement with Equifax.
Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case with assistance from the FBI.
Goldman said the company offers a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Anyone with information about the incident should call the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-4658.