TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. – North Carolina-based Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (MGBW) furniture was the victim of an online hack, which exposed the tax information of over a thousand of the company’s employees.
MGBW, a manufacturer and retailer of tables, sofas, beds, chairs, and other upholstery, sent out a release saying it had mistakenly fallen for an email spoofing attack. In a spoofing attack, the attacker forges a sender’s address – making the recipient believe the email is from a trusted user.
The company notified the IRS immediately. They are also offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest.
Over 1,100 employees have been affected, reported local North Carolina news outlet WSOC. Hackers have already begun using the stolen W2s to file fraudulent tax returns.
"We do not believe that the individual who obtained the employee information accessed our computer network or that our IT systems were otherwise compromised by this attack," said MGBW in a statement.
The company is offering free identity theft services to affected employees.
The county is working with the FBI on the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Alexander County Sheriff's Office at 828-632-2911.