ALG's Risk Team in action.
A&L Goodbody falsely informed its staff that they had been in close contact with someone with Covid.
A number of people in the leading Irish firm, which employs over 800 people, received an email on Wednesday morning purporting to have been sent by the Health Service Executive, Ireland's NHS, warning them that they were a "close contact of a positive Covid case".
After allowing a decent interval for staff to panic, withdraw their children from school, cancel deliveries and arrange for emergency Covid tests, the firm revealed that it was behind the messages, and that they were false.
In a penitent email sent on Wednesday afternoon and leaked to RollOnFriday, ALG General Counsel Liam Kennedy confessed to staff that "this was a fake email designed as a phishing test" as part of the firm's "information security awareness programme".
Kennedy said the stunt was engineered by the firm's Risk Team, and conceded, "It was a clear error of judgement to have used Covid as a way of carrying out a phishing test and realise [sic] it will have caused unnecessary distress and concern".
"On behalf of the Risk Team, I apologise sincerely", he added, inviting anyone upset that their own firm punked them about a deadly disease to "feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or if you'd like to voice any concerns". Which no doubt quite a few have.
GC's not happy.
The firm did not respond to requests for comment.