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ADMIN: I received a disturbing convo from "Etsy Employee"

Was anyone who posted in the thread below contacted by the OP, who claims to be an employee of Etsy?

www.etsy.com/teams/7718/site-help/discuss/10908394/page/1

Admin, is this person indeed an employee of Etsy? If so, is it standard practice for Etsy staff to send obnoxious convos to Etsy clients?

I apologize for posting here, but I've reported the convo, and have received no response from Etsy on this matter.

Thank you.

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Marie Kelly avatar Admin
L.C. Cooper from LeMaisonBelle says

Thanks ya'll - I think this must be where it came from. He did say that he was working for Etsy on a "bug bounty program" (thanks for those links GoTo).

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Yes, apologies, for the spammy convo, this is in fact part of our "bug bounty program" and we ask those participating in this program to not contact members via convo. You can read more about the program here: www.etsy.com/help/article/2463

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i'm thinking that's just bat dust.....and nadda true moment about it......
That seems to be some testing that was invited to be done by Etsy but there's no reason for you to get a rude message from them. I don't think all those types of posts are coming from admin either--just folks trying to get the $500 prize.
"...bat dust...."


HeeeYYyy!
If you look at the OP's profile you will see that they've just created the account in the past few days.

I really don't think they are an 'employee' of anyone.

If you look around the Etsy website (I can't put my finger on the page right now) you will find a list of all Etsy employees.
This:
www.etsy.com/help/article/2463


ETA...

Read about it here:
www.etsy.com/teams/7718/site-help/discuss/10905018/page/2/
Thanks ya'll - I think this must be where it came from. He did say that he was working for Etsy on a "bug bounty program" (thanks for those links GoTo).

Etsy really should take more care in who they give out keys to the system to.

}:-/

You're welcome. I think they don't have "admin keys", but rather test it for external/member attacks of some sort, but I don't really know how it works.
...so this guy is a trained hacker doing network penetration testing on the Etsy site. That, combined with the ill-mannered convo, really makes me feel all warm and safe inside.

What dangers do these hired hackers pose to our shops, if any?
I don't know... I they're supposed to be hacking on the up & up to find the holes that would allow bad hackers to do damage.

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