Hackers Stole Data on 64,000 Tomorrowland Festival-Goers

Tomorrowland music festival

Festival-goers attend Tomorrowland Music Festival at the De Schorre Recreation Ground in Boom, Belgium on July 20, 2018.

The breach affects attendees of the 2014 event.

Hackers have obtained data on 64,000 festival attendees from the 2014 edition of Tomorrowland. The popular electronic music festival in Europe has taken place in Belgium since 2005 and saw 400,000 music fans attend their latest event in July of this year.

A spokesperson for Tomorrowland recently told Flemish newspaper De Standaard, that the festival was contacted by their ticketer Paylogic about unusual activity on an outdated system. Tomorrowland spokesperson Debby Wilmsen explained that careful analysis showed an old database from Tomorrowland 2014 was concerned. Wilmsen assured the paper that the server in question was immediately taken offline and the incident was reported to the appropriate authorities. Tomorrowland has also reached out via email to those impacted to inform them of the breach.

The breach has reportedly likely compromised the names, email addresses, age, postal codes and genders of the 64,000 attendees from the 2014 Tomorrowland festival, which is produced by Creamfields. Wilmsen said payment details, physical addresses and passwords were not obtained by the hackers.

Paylogic told De Standaard that it regrets the incident and promises to invest more in the security of its systems. The ticketer also assured the paper that the 2014 Tomorrowland attendees were the only customers impacted by this breach, not its other customers.

Tomorrowland has asked those who received emails about the hack to be vigilant of possible phishing attacks, especially regarding ticket sales or promotions. The company added that all correspondence from the festival comes from Tomorrowland.com and not to trust imposters with differing or similar email accounts. Tickets for their event, Tomorrowland said, can only be found via their website or through their partners.

This article was originally published by Amplify.


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