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Data compromised in Tomorrowland hack

World News
December 4, 2018


As many as 64,000 festival attendees of the Tomorrowland festival  2014 have had their personal data breached by hackers, although it is understood that bank details were not included.

Festival-goers received an email from the vent organiser on 27 October, informing them that their name, email address, gender, age, and postal code were among information accessed by hackers.

“Tomorrowland highly values your privacy and the protection of your personal information and therefore wants to inform you of this breach personally,” said the email.

“We have reported this Paylogic incident, which does not implicate data from festival editions other than 2014, to the authorities and we have instructed Paylogic to conduct a thorough investigation of all security procedures to prevent similar incidents from happening again.”

Tomorrowland spokeswoman Debby Wilmsen tells Audience that Paylogic noticed “unusual activity on an outdated system”.

“After an extensive analysis, they discovered that it involved old customer data pertaining to Tomorrowland 2014,” she says.

“The affected server was taken offline immediately. When we were informed about this by Paylogic, we immediately informed the Belgian privacy commission.”

The 65,000-capacity, 20-stage festival, which was launched in 2005, takes place annually in in Boom during July. Headliners this year included Paul Oakenfold, Alison Wonderland and Alan Walker.

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