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Ticketmaster was recently hacked, parent company Live Nation confirmed in a new regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday.

According to the Associated Press, Live Nation said it is investigating a data breach with its ticketing company after “a criminal threat actor” offered to sell data stolen from Ticketmaster for $500,000 on the dark web. The data allegedly includes names, addresses, phone numbers and some credit card info for 560 million customers.

Time magazine reports a hacking group named ShinyHunters allegedly claimed responsibility for the cyber-attack.

Live Nation has not confirmed who is suspected of the hack or how many users’ data was compromised. The BBC notes the company also has not directly notified customers of the issue, instead alerting shareholders in the SEC filing Friday.

Live Nation said it was “working to mitigate risk to our users” and was cooperating with law enforcement officials. The company, which books shows for venues like the JMA Wireless Dome and the Empower FCU Amphitheater in Syracuse, added that the breach was unlikely to have “a material impact on our overall business operations.”

“We continue to evaluate the risks and our remediation efforts are ongoing”, Live Nation said.

The SEC filing comes days after the U.S. Justice Department sued Live Nation and Ticketmaster for antitrust violations, accusing the concert booking and promotions giant of having an unfair monopoly on the industry, driving up prices for customers. The federal lawsuit claims Ticketmaster accounted for at least 70% of the total face value associated with all tickets sold at large arenas and amphitheaters and said its parent company Live Nation used multiple tactics to prevent venues from working with rival ticket sellers.

The complaint, filed in the Southern District of New York, seeks remedies including breaking up Live Nation.

Was your data stolen? What should you do?

Time reports Ticketmaster users should protect themselves by changing their passwords and monitoring their accounts and bank or credit cards. Users should also beware phishing attempts seeking passwords and other information; Ticketmaster’s website urges customers to only use its official website for any account issues or questions, avoiding fake customer service phone numbers that could appear in search engines.


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