Coachella site hacked, user information stolen

  /  03.01.2017

If you’re a Beyoncé fan and Coachella concertgoer still recovering from the news that she’s dropped out of headlining and Lady Gaga will be her replacement, you should probably sit down because we’ve got more bad news.

Goldenvoice, the concert promoter behind the three-day Californian music festival, has confirmed that, following the Coachella site being hacked, ticket-buyers’ information has been compromised.

Though it’s been a week since VICE’s Motherboard reported that someone seemed to be selling information from “950,000 [Coachella] user accounts” including “email addresses, usernames and hashed passwords,” Goldenvoice just messaged users on Tuesday (February 28) confirming that hackers had gained the aformentioned details, plus “full names…phone numbers and birth dates,” according to Billboard.

Despite Motherboard’s report, Goldenvoice promised that no user passwords were stolen and that all “unauthorized third parties” have been prohibited from gaining further access.

Goldenvoice also warned ticket-buyers about phony emails sent from Coachella personnel imitators, writing, “Please remember that Coachella will never solicit personal information or account information from you via email. Please exercise caution if you receive any emails or phone calls that ask for such information, or direct you to web sites where you are asked for personal or financial information.”

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