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Hackers steal Coachella.com users’ data

Goldenvoice has discovered the Coachella website was accessed by "unauthorised third parties", although no passwords or payment information have been taken

By IQ on 01 Mar 2017

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An angelic Sufjan Stevens at Coachella 2016

image © Fred von Lohmann

Hackers have breached the Coachella website, stealing usernames and other personal information, festival promoter Goldenvoice has confirmed.

In an email to holders of accounts on Coachella.com, the AEG-owned company says it discovered “unauthorised third parties” had gained access to names, email addresses, phone numbers and birthdates, but – unlike the breach last year at Madison Square Garden – no passwords or financial information, such as credit card numbers, were stolen.

The hack only affects accounts on Coachella.com, which allow fans to post on the forum, customise line-ups and activate wristbands, and are separate from the ticket-buying process, which goes through Elevate’s festivalticketing.com.

Goldenvoice adds it has “taken measures to block further unauthorised access and reported the matter to the appropriate authorities for further investigation”.

Vice reports a seller on the Tochka dark-web marketplace is offering the data for sale for US$300.

Coachella yesterday announced Lady Gaga will replace Beyoncé at the 2017 festival (on Saturday 15 and 22 April) following the latter’s cancellation after learning she is expecting twins. Other headliners are Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead.


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