The leak of an email sent to the CEO of the Starfield data mining company is fake.
Starfield’s CEO and a former employee said in a statement to ABC News that the company is “aware of the report of a fake email from our CEO that has been circulating the internet.
The fake email was circulated on social media yesterday.
We take these reports very seriously and are taking immediate action to address the issue.
We also apologize for the false email and encourage all of our employees to be more vigilant in protecting themselves.”
A spokesperson for Starfield declined to comment.
The Starfield CEO did not immediately respond to ABC’s request for comment.
Starfields CEO, Eric Schmitt, told the AP that he did not recall the email being sent.
“We’re a small company and that’s why we’re very careful,” Schmitt said.
“It’s the right thing to do.
And there’s nothing we can do about it.”
In an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Starfield said it has hired outside security firms to look into the email.
The AP obtained the email after its request for an internal email account was denied.
In the email, Starfields chief executive Eric Schmitz wrote that the email “was a fake,” and that the CEO had received it from someone else.
The company said in the email that the fake email had come from someone who “has been using a fake identity to distribute emails from Starfield and the company.”
Schmitt also said that the employee “did not receive a copy of the email until we received a call from our general counsel.”
Schmitt told ABC News he is “sickened” by the leak and said that his employees were “very careful in everything they did.”
He said he was “deeply concerned” about the leak.
StarField has been the target of a number of high-profile hacks and cyberattacks in recent years.
In 2016, StarField was hacked, causing $100 million in losses, according to the company.
In 2017, the company was hacked and several employees were charged with criminal hacking.
In 2018, a Starfield employee was charged with theft and identity theft and sentenced to 12 months in jail.
Star Fields CEO and former employee Eric Schmutz, who has said the email was fake, said the company had “zero tolerance for cyber-hacking.”
The company did not respond to an ABC News request for a statement on whether it had reached out to law enforcement or other federal officials.
ABC News’ Jim Avila contributed to this report.