Warner Music Group Data Breach

NOTICE: If you reside in California, made an online purchase on one of Warner Music Group’s e-commerce websites between April 25, 2020 and August 5, 2020 and received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH, contact the Arnold Law Firm at (916) 777-7777. The NOTICE OF DATA BREACH may have been mailed to you or emailed.

On August 5, 2020, Warner Music Group (WMG) discovered that an unauthorized third party compromised a number of e-commerce websites operated by WMG that are hosted and supported by an external service provider.

warner music data breachThe security incident allowed the third party access to customer personal information entered into the affected websites during transactions between April 25, 2020 and August 5, 2020.

WMG has not yet disclosed how many customers were affected. Personal information that may have been compromised includes:

  • Names
  • Email addresses
  • Telephone numbers
  • Billing addresses
  • Shipping addresses
  • Credit card numbers
  • CVC/CVV codes
  • Card expiration dates

Payments made through PayPal were reportedly not affected by this incident.

WMG claims to have promptly taken steps to correct the issue and notify relevant credit card providers of the data breach. They are offering 12 months of identify monitoring services to affected customers at no cost. The company is also encouraging customers to monitor any unauthorized use of payment cards and suspicious email communications, particularly those purporting to come from WMG or any WMG-related websites.

WMG also suffered a massive phishing scam in 2017 involving 3.12 TB of internal data leaked from their premium music video provider Vevo.

Based in New York City, the multinational entertainment and record label conglomerate represents both new stars and legendary artists alike and is home to some of the best-known record labels, including Asylum, Atlantic, East West, and Elektra. Collectively, WMG holds a catalogue of more than one million copyrights worldwide from more than 65,000 songwriters, including Non-Stop Music, a full-service music production library company.

The company’s growing artist services business helps music artists achieve creative and financial success through artist management, merchandising, touring, fan clubs, VIP ticketing, sponsorships and brand endorsements, and numerous third-party solutions that facilitate the sale of music-based content directly to consumers.

WMG artist services business works with WMG artists, as well as artists not signed to their recording labels. WMG claims to be the only company that supports both commerce and marketing aspects of their artists’ businesses.

WMG employs more than 3,500 people and has operations in more than 50 countries throughout the world. The music provider was purchased by Access Industries, the multinational company of Ukraine-born billionaire Len Blavatnik, in 2011 for $3.3 billion. In June 2020, WMG listed 77 million new shares on the Nasdaq at $25 per share.

If you reside in California, made an online purchase on a Warner Music Group e-commerce website between April 25, 2020 and August 5, 2020, contact the Arnold Law Firm at (916) 777-7777 to discuss your situation and possible developing legal options.