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Coachella confirms website hack

By | Published on Thursday 2 March 2017


Coachella has confirmed that a hack of its website led to the theft of user data, but has insisted that no passwords or financial information were accessed.

It was reported by Vice’s Motherboard last week that nearly a million Coachella user accounts were up for sale on the dark web. The seller claimed to be offering email addresses, usernames and hashed passwords.

The festival has now contacted customers warning that they may be the target of phishing attacks attempting to gain further information, saying: “We recently discovered that unauthorised third parties illegally gained access to the usernames, first and last names, shipping addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth individuals provided to Coachella”.

However, it added: “We have confirmed that no user passwords were stolen, [and] based on our investigation, no financial was accessed and there is no indication that customer financial information has been disclosed. We have taken measures to block further unauthorised access and reported the matter to the appropriate authorities for further investigation”.

In other Coachella news, Lady Gaga has been confirmed as the replacement for Beyonce at this year’s festival. Beyonce cancelled her appearance last week on medical advice, as she will be heavily pregnant when the event takes place in April.