Data of Users Was Stolen due to Massive Hack of Coachella’s System
There was news last week that around 1 Mn user accounts data are getting sold by a hacker from the website of Coachella on dark web. Website of Vice's Motherboard published the investigative findings on 22nd Feb. stating that the hacker,operating on online marketplace of Tokcha under the handle "Berkut", was selling for $300 around 950,000 user accounts.
Officially, respond to hacking quandary was done by Coachella on 28th February. Coachella informed account holders of website about the hack through an email, stating that they have recently found out that the unauthorized third parties have unlawfully gained access to email addresses, first & last names, usernames, phone numbers, dates of birth and shipping addresses that the individuals have provided to the Coachella. However, they also confirm that the user passwords were not stolen.
Uproxx.com posted on February 28th, 2017, stating that things become better for a short period on Tuesday after Coachella's announcement that Beyonce will be replaced by Lady Gaga as headliner, but then became worse immediately with announcement of festival website hacking and compromising of the user data in the breach.
The AEG representative issued a statement confirming about the incident, and says: "please be aware that you may be targeted by phishing emails sent from people impersonating Coachella personnel." He further said to remember that the Coachella would never ask for account information or personal information through email.
Luckily, Coachella investigated and then confirms that they have not found any financial information accessed, and reported that they have "taken measures to block further unauthorized access." Statement of Coachella further advises the account holders on the best steps for guarding against the phishing that may result from this hack.
Although it is relieving after the official confirmation about the finding that any kind of payment information access was not exposed by this massive hack, but still account holders of Coachella should update information of account expediently.
The company further promised attendees of the festival that the security was increased to ensure that this does not happen in future. But it is not most reassuring to people whose some potentially compromised personal information might have been stolen by the hackers who are selling these on dark web or using it illegally. However, the barn door now at least is shut tightly, so that all horses enjoy some light field grazing.
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