ST. LOUIS, MO - Information Security Officer, Jeremy Taylor, fell victim to identity theft after giving a company-wide presentation on social engineering, a technique used by hackers to psychologically manipulate employees into divulging confidential information.
Taylor was unavailable for comment but Tabatha Minks, an associate at Harkness Markets where the presentation was held, said Taylor passed around fake employee badges and other gadgets to the audience to show what hackers use to gain access to sensitive company data.
"It was very illuminating," Minks said of the demonstration. "There was even a video taken with a hidden camera of hackers gaining access to our computer network by simply sweet talking a receptionist."
According to Minks it was not until the next day that Taylor realized the hacking devices and badges were missing. By then someone had maxed out his credit cards, drained his bank account and even filed Federal income tax returns in his name.
"I feel so bad for him," Minks said. "Jeremy's a really nice guy. It may take him years to get this all straightened out."
According to sources, Harkness Markets is reevaluating its security team.