Breach, Data Security

TuneCore database hacked, personal customer data stolen


TuneCore's database was breached on Friday. Security experts and authorities are working with the online music distributor and record label service to track down the cyber-criminals.

Officials at TuneCore advised that music files were not stolen, however personal details of customers that include names, mailing addresses, account numbers and passwords have been compromised. The company claims that the financial information of customers is not fully stored in the system – only the bank account number, billing address and security digits are saved.

In its official blog, the company stated: “TuneCore is working closely with federal law enforcement investigators. At this time, no individual person or entity has been identified as the attacker.” The company also mentioned that they've secured all databases and shut off all outside access.

TuneCore has encouraged its users to change their passwords, keep tabs on their bank and credit card transactions, and report any unusual activity.

The most notable prior attack on the music industry was carried out earlier this year on Sony Pictures and Entertainment.  Sony paid high damage costs for the incident.

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