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Remember that recent Ticketmaster data breach? The first one million records have been released into the wild

Earlier this year, a hacker group called ShinyHunters managed to breach Ticketmaster’s database defenses and stole 560 million user records. That includes email address, phone numbers, all kinds of details about ticket sales, and partial credit card information. In all, 1.3 terabytes of data was stolen. ShinyHunters say they’ll give it back to Ticketmaster in exchange for US$500,000.

Malwarebytes, a cybersecurity company, spotted a new development. An affiliated person/group with the handle Hacker Sp1der decided to apply a little pressure by released one million of these records for free. That came with this statement.

“Ticketmaster will not respond to request to buy data from us. They care not for the privacy of 680 million [sic] customers, so give you [sic] the first 1 million users free.”

What’s next? Not sure. The story continues.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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