Live Nation reveals ‘a criminal threat actor’ is being offered to sell Ticketmaster data on the dark web, while reports say hackers are asking for $500,000 for customer information

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Live Nation is investigating a data breach at its company Ticketmaster subsidiary,which dominates ticket sales for live events in the United States.

Live Nation, based in Beverly Hills, California, said in a regulatory filing Friday that on May 27 “a criminal threat actor” offered to sell Ticketmaster data on the dark web.

Other media reports say a hacking group called ShinyHunters claimed responsibility for the breach on an online forum and demanded $500,000 for the data, which reportedly included names, addresses, phone numbers and some credit card information of millions of Ticketmaster customers.

Live Nation and Ticketmaster did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Live Nation said it was “working to limit risks to our users” and cooperating with law enforcement officials. It said the breach is unlikely “to have a material impact on our overall business operations.”

On May 23, the US Department of Justice announced Live Nation and Ticketmaster sued,accusing them of having an illegal monopoly on live events in America. The department asked a court to dissolve the system that it says limits competition and drives up prices for fans.

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