More Than 45,000 Met Opera Customers Exposed in Data Breach
Social security numbers, credit card details, driver's license numbers, and financial account information were all leaked during the attack
Back in December 2022, New York's historic opera house fell victim to a cybersecurity attack — impairing its website, ticketing systems, and paycheck systems.
It has recently been reported that 45,094 individuals may have lost crucial personal information, such as credit card details, social security numbers, and card payment information (including PINs), in said cyber attack.
The attack crashed the Met's website for thirty consecutive hours in December and the FBI were notified of the situation, as reported by The New York Times. However, hackers may have had access to the system for much longer than that, with systems breaches being reported between September 30 and December 6 of 2022.
In a letter to patrons notifying them of the breach, the Met was unable to speculate on the source of the attacks. The opera house will, however, provide affected customers with two years' worth of free identity monitoring through the risk consulting firm Kroll.
"We take this incident and the security of information in our care seriously," the Met wrote. "Upon becoming aware of this incident, we immediately took steps to confirm the security of our environment."
"We are also reviewing existing security policies and have implemented additional measures to further help protect against similar incidents moving forward. We are notifying applicable regulators and potentially impacted individuals and organizations, so that you may take steps to best protect the information, should you feel it is appropriate to do so."