NC Phishing Scam Case Is A Broad Warning To Employers

By J.M. Durnovich (June 21, 2018, 12:51 PM EDT) -- Phishing scams have become increasingly prevalent and sophisticated. For employers, these cybersecurity attacks constitute a growing threat.

According to a recent federal court decision, an employee who is tricked into sharing personal information in response to a phishing email can be seen as committing an intentional disclosure under the North Carolina Identity Theft Protection Act (NCITPA). As a result, the employer could face treble damages for the employee's mistake, adding a new element to potential exposure for businesses.

The single court's decision will not have an immediate impact on businesses outside North Carolina — at least, not as binding precedent. However,...

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