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Ticketmaster have admitted for the first time that they have been hacked after a cyber gang allegedly stole data for 560 million customers and then boasted about it online. 

Live Nation Entertainment, which owns Ticketmaster, said it was investigating a data breach at Ticketmaster that it uncovered on May 20. 

A little known cyber-crime group called ShinyHunters claimed responsibility for stealing the data – which included Ticketmaster customer’s names, phone numbers and partial credit card details. 

The group have since demanded a £400,000 ransom from Ticketmaster to prevent the data being sold on the dark web.

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Live Nation said it found ‘unauthorized activity’ in a third-party cloud database that mainly contained Ticketmaster data, and was working with forensic investigators. 

Live Nation Entertainment, which owns Ticketmaster, said it was investigating a data breach at Ticketmaster that it uncovered on May 20 (stock image)
Cyber-crime group called ShinyHunters claimed responsibility for stealing the data. The group have since demanded a £400,000 ransom from Ticketmaster to prevent the data being sold on the dark web (stock image)

What to do if you think your data has been stolen  

If you believe your data has been stolen there are often tell-tale signs that someone has access to your personal information. 

For example, hackers often use the limited details they have in order to trick victims into giving away more. 

 Be vigilant about messages about ‘resetting passwords’, ‘receiving compensation’, ‘scanning devices’ or ‘missed deliveries’ or if you are urged to act quickly. 

In a past data breach, Ticketmaster advised  customers to reset their passwords. 

Source: BBC News 

Live Nation in its filing said that on May 27, ‘a criminal threat actor offered what it alleged to be company user data for sale via the dark web.’

‘We are working to mitigate risk to our users and the Company, and have notified and are cooperating with law enforcement,’ the company said. ‘As appropriate, we are also notifying regulatory authorities and users with respect to unauthorized access to personal information.’

The breach comes as the concert promoter has been battling regulatory scrutiny over antitrust concerns. 

Live Nation was hit last week with the first in a likely a wave of consumer antitrust lawsuits after the U.S. government and states sued to break up the firm, arguing that along with its Ticketmaster unit, the company was illegally inflating concert ticket prices. 

ShinyHunters have been linked to a number of high-profile data breaches in recent years including the theft of a database containing information about 70 million customer for the American phone network AT&T.

Yesterday, the group allegedly struck again and stole personal data from staff and customers of Santander

ShinyHunters then posted an advert on the dark web claiming to have information including HR personal data, bank account details, credit card numbers and account balances.

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