Peter Thea Named Executive VP of Universal Republic, Island Def Jam
Peter Thea Named Executive VP of Universal Republic, Island Def Jam

It seems that 2011 is the Year of the Hack, with all the high-profile data breeches secured against Sony and other organizations by the likes of the recently disbanded LulzSec, Anonymous, and others.

This time, Universal Music Group seems to be caught in the crosshairs. A new group calling itself AntiSec released a large dump of hacked data today that, among other things, contains information on umusic.com users, including passwords and other data. It also contains a separate data dump from Viacom, including an internal mapping of Viacom and its servers. The rest of the release contains data from various governments, including that of Zimbabwe and Brazil.

It's not yet clear how damaging the information released by AntiSec could prove to UMG. In a statement released in conjunction with the data, the group said its goal is to attack government entities and "corrupt companies." Given the music industry's stance on anti-piracy and copyright protection, it seems only a matter of time before the hacking offensive began targeting the labels directly.

At press time, UMG and Viacom had not commented on the matter.