On May 3, 2023, The Metropolitan Opera (“the Met”) filed a notice of data breach with the Maine Attorney General after learning that an unauthorized party was able to gain access to the company’s computer network, accessing confidential consumer information. Based on the company’s official filing, the incident resulted in an unauthorized party gaining access to consumers’ names, financial account information, tax identification numbers, Social Security numbers, payment card information, and driver’s license numbers. After confirming that consumer data was leaked, the Met began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals who were impacted by the recent data security incident.
If you received a data breach notification from the Met, it is essential you understand what is at risk and what you can do about it. As we’ve previously discussed in other posts, once a hacker has your Social Security number, they can use it to open up accounts and take out loans in your name. However, there are steps you can take to reduce these risks, and if it turns out that the Met was negligent in how it handled your information, you may be able to pursue a data breach lawsuit against the company. To learn more about how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft and what your legal options are in the wake of The Metropolitan Opera data breach, reach out to a data breach lawyer.
What We Know So Far About The Metropolitan Opera Breach
News of The Metropolitan Opera data breach is still fresh; however, what we know at this point comes from the company’s filing with the Attorney General of Maine. According to this source, on December 6, 2022, the Met discovered unusual activity within its computer system. In response, the Met secured its systems and enlisted the help of third-party data security specialists to investigate the incident.
The Met’s investigation confirmed that an unknown and unauthorized party was able to access the company’s computer network between September 30, 2022 and December 6, 2022. The Met also determined that some of the files the unauthorized party had access to contained confidential information belonging to consumers.
Upon discovering that sensitive consumer data was made available to an unauthorized party, The Metropolitan Opera began to review the affected files to determine what information was compromised and which consumers were impacted. While the breached information varies depending on the individual, it may include your name, financial account information, tax identification number, Social Security number, payment card information, and driver’s license number.
On May 3, 2023, The Metropolitan Opera sent out data breach letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
More Information About The Metropolitan Opera
Founded in 1883, The Metropolitan Opera is a well-known opera house in New York, New York. The Met puts on approximately 27 operas per year between the months of September and May. Performances are nightly, Monday through Saturday, with a matinee on Saturday. The Metropolitan Opera employs more than 918 people and generates approximately $200 million in annual revenue.