560 Million Users’ Data Reportedly Stolen in Alleged Ticketmaster Data Breach

    Ticketmaster Data Breach
    Ticketmaster
    Last Updated on June 1

    (Updated on June 1, 2024)
    Ticketmaster has confirmed the breach and hackers’ attempt to sell the stolen data on the dark web on Friday, May 31:

    On May 20, 2024, Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (the “Company” or “we”) identified unauthorized activity within a third-party cloud database environment containing Company data (primarily from its Ticketmaster L.L.C. subsidiary) and launched an investigation with industry-leading forensic investigators to understand what happened. On May 27, 2024, a criminal threat actor offered what it alleged to be Company user data for sale via the dark web…

    According to the filing, the company will continue to evaluate the risks of the breach and work on remediation for the business.

    (Updated on May 31, 2024)

    Ticketmaster has allegedly been the victim of a huge data breach that has affected 560 million users. The hacker group, ShinyHunters, claims to have breached Ticketmaster systems and stolen a giant haul (1.3 terabytes) of customer data, including:

    • Names and addresses,
    • Phone numbers,
    • Order history,
    • And partial payment details.

    It’s important to note that Ticketmaster has not confirmed the attack — and cybersecurity experts have warned that the claims could turn out to be false. Furthermore, the contents of the dataset have yet to be authenticated.

    Nonetheless, ShinyHunters does have a proven record of large cyberattacks. They gained notoriety in 2020-21 when they leaked vast amounts of data from over sixty companies. In 2021, ShinyHunters sold a database of stolen info from 70 million AT&T customers.

    The group’s leader is also the admin of BreachForums, a dark web forum where hackers buy and sell stolen data. BreachForums was previously cracked down on by the FBI and was closed down at least twice — but has since been relaunched, coinciding with the claimed Ticketmaster breach. 

    At present, the FBI and Australian authorities are investigating the alleged Ticketmaster breach. In the meantime, ShinyHunters have demanded a $500,000 ransom payment to prevent the dataset being sold on.

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