More than 24 hours after it first went dark, Ticketfly and the sites of many of the major venues and promoters it services are still offline. Ticketfly, which is owned by Eventbrite, discovered that it had been hacked just before 6 AM ET Thursday and went offline with the tweet: "To protect our clients and fans, and to secure the website and related data, we have temporarily taken all Ticketfly systems offline."
Eventbrite clients appeared unaffected by the hack.
As of Friday morning, the sites of dozens of promoters and venues were also offline. The Ticketfly maintained sites of both IMP Promotions, a major DC area promoter, and its new flagship venue The Anthem are still offline, as id the site of major Chicago promoter Jam Productions. Many other promoters and venues are unable to sell tickets.
Code left on the Ticketfly site points to the hacker group IsHaKdZ, who appears to be demanding a ransom Along with a yandex.com email address, the hackers left this message:
Ticketfly HacKeD By IsHaKdZ. Your Security Down im Not Sorry. Next time I will publish database "backstage."
Hackers generally only leave an email address and make threats about 'next time' when they are demanding a ransom to release the site
Ticketfly was founded in 2008 in San Francisco. In 2013, it was acquired by Pandora in a $335 million cash and stock deal. In June of 2017, Pandora sold Ticketfly to Eventbrite for $200 million. Ticketfly clients include top 1200 venues and promoters, including the Bowery Ballroom, Brooklyn Bowl, Central Park SummerStage, Merriweather Post Pavilion and Pitchfork Music Festival.
The ticketer, which has shared few details of the hack, says it does not know when it will be back online. "Unfortunately, we don’t have a specific timeline to share right now," admits Ticketfy.
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Thank you to our valued clients and fans for your patience. We’re continuing to investigate the cyber incident and working around the clock to get our systems back up and running. Please visit https://t.co/CR9ZnPw6bC for additional information.— Ticketfly (@ticketfly) June 1, 2018