(MILWAUKEE) — Financial information belonging to Milwaukee Bucks players was inadvertently released following an “email spoofing attack,” the team said.
In a statement Thursday, the Bucks said it discovered on May 16 that the organization had fallen victim to an email scam, in which a request for employees’ W-2’s was made by someone impersonating the team’s president.
“Unfortunately, that information was provided by an employee before it was determined that the request was made from a spoofed email address,” the Bucks said.
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— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) May 19, 2016
The team said it immediately launched an investigation, notified impacted individuals and reported the security breach to the IRS and FBI.
“We believe this incident arose as a result of human error, and are providing additional privacy training to our staff and implementing additional preventative measures,” Milwaukee said in its statement.
The Bucks added that affected employees will be receiving “three years of credit monitoring and non-expiring identity restoration services.”
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