Ticketmaster warns of hacked mailing list, Adobe Reader spams sent out

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The UK branch of the ticketing firm Ticketmaster has warned its online customers that they might have received a series of unauthorised emails after its TicketWeb subsidiary’s mailing list system was compromised.

It appears that the first Ticketmaster knew of the security breach was when a customer informed them via Twitter on Saturday.

Blogger David Cannings, shared more information about the unauthorised TicketWeb emails, which he discovered pointed to a bogus Adobe Reader download page.

The emails reportedly claimed that the recipient’s version of Adobe Reader was out of date and offered a link where a new version could be downloaded. Hardly the kind of email you would normally expect from Ticketmaster..

As regular readers of Naked Security should know well by now, the only place you should ever download an update to Adobe Reader…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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