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Music Festival Coachella Attendee List Hacked, Including Passwords

By February 28, 2017May 25th, 2021Cybersecurity

If you’re a music lover and you’ve been to the website of the annual California music festival Coachella, then you are at risk.

The entire Coachella database was recently found for sale on the Darkweb. It contains email addresses, passwords and in many cases, IP addresses and other personal information of everyone who has registered on the site.

There are two things that make this hack noteworthy.

Firstly, if you have an account on the website and you’re in the habit of using the same password across multiple websites you frequent, the hackers may be able to access much more than your Coachella account. If, for instance, you use the same password to access your bank and/or credit card accounts, the hackers now have the keys to those things as well.

Secondly, and just as disturbing is the fact that this data breach underscores the reality that hackers don’t just target big Fortune 500 companies and sprawling government agencies. They’ll go after pretty much any organization that collects and retains personal information on the clients who use their websites. If Coachella is a viable target, then your small or medium-sized business almost certainly is as well.

As ever, on the heels of a breach like this, if you have an account on the Coachella website, you’ll want to change your password immediately. And, if you’re still using the same password across multiple web properties, then you’ll want to change all those passwords as well. To do any less is to open yourself up to the possibility of identity theft, credit card theft and more.

After last year’s record number of high-profile data breaches, it seems unthinkable that many people would still have such a lax view of personal digital security, but sadly, the data indicate that it’s as big a problem as it ever was. Until that changes, you can expect to see a surge in identity theft on the heels of every breach like this.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.