Major Indie Music Conglomerate Gets Hacked

Indie music conglomerate Beggars Group — comprised of labels such as 4AD and Matador — revealed yesterday that their online store got hacked between 28 April 2016 and 4 May 2016. Beggars Group represents artists like St Vincent, Vampire Weekend, FKA Twigs, Radiohead and countless other bands I am not cool enough to be aware of. Image: Getty In a letter sent out to potential victims of the breach, Patrick Amory, the president of Matador, explained:

On May 4, 2016, we were advised by our third-party website developer that it had identified and removed suspicious files from the e-commerce websites of the record labels for which Matador Direct is the distributor. We quickly began an investigation and hired a third-party cybersecurity firm to assist us...
Findings from the investigation show that if a customer attempted to or did place an order on one of the affected websites from April 28, 2016 to May 4, 2016, information associated with the order being placed, including the customer's name, address, phone number, email address, payment card number, expiration date and security code (CVV), and account password for the website on which the customer placed an order, may have been obtained by an unauthorised third-party.

Beggars declined to tell Pitchfork how many accounts were affected. They did advise people who have accounts on their website to reset their passwords. So if you're one of 12 people who still buys music the old-fashioned way, you should probably do that. And please, for the love of God, do not make it 123456.


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