Ticketmaster and Ticketek Targeted in Massive Data Breaches, Millions of Users Affected

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Ticketmaster has not yet issued a public statement regarding the breach. Ticketek, however, has acknowledged the incident and assures users that their financial information is safe. Both companies are expected to provide further details to their users soon. File photo: T. Schneider, ShutterStock.com, licensed.

HOLLYWOOD, CA  – In a major blow to the ticketing industry, both Ticketmaster and its competitor Ticketek have been hit by cyberattacks that may have exposed the personal information of millions of users. The notorious hacking group ShinyHunters is claiming responsibility for the Ticketmaster breach, demanding a ransom of $500,000 to prevent the data from being sold.

While Ticketmaster has not yet officially confirmed the breach, security experts are analyzing reports. The stolen data in the Ticketmaster attack reportedly includes names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and potentially even some financial information. Ticketek, on the other hand, has acknowledged the data breach and assures customers that no financial information or account details were compromised. Ticketek is notifying customers who may have been impacted and is working with the National Office of Cyber Security.

This is a significant breach, or breaches, that could have serious consequences for both Ticketmaster and Ticketek’s customers,” says security analyst Brian Krebbs. “It’s crucial that both companies be transparent with their users about the extent of the breaches and take steps to protect their data.”

What to Do if You’re a Ticketmaster or Ticketek User

While the full scope of the breaches is still unknown, here’s what you can do to protect yourself:

  • Change your passwords: If you use the same password for either ticketing service as you do for other accounts, change it immediately. Use a strong, unique password for each online service you use.
  • Monitor your accounts: Be extra vigilant about any suspicious activity on your bank accounts, credit cards, and email.
  • Beware of phishing scams: Don’t click on any links or attachments in emails claiming to be from either ticketing service about the breaches. These could be attempts to steal your personal information.
  • Consider credit monitoring: You may want to consider enrolling in a credit monitoring service to be alerted of any suspicious activity related to your credit.

Ticketing Giants Respond

Ticketmaster has not yet issued a public statement regarding the breach. Ticketek, however, has acknowledged the incident and assures users that their financial information is safe. Both companies are expected to provide further details to their users soon.

These data breaches serve as a stark reminder of the importance of cybersecurity. As we rely more and more on online services, it’s critical that companies take steps to protect our personal information.

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