Sports, Entertainment Industries Are High-Value Cybercrime Targets

Bloomberg Law: Privacy & Data Security brings you single-source access to the expertise of Bloomberg Law’s privacy and data security editorial team, contributing practitioners,...

By Ayanna Alexander

The sports and entertainment industries have struggled to keep important personal data and company secrets protected in recent years.

Hackers, fans, and even moles on the inside have compromised a wide variety of personal and company information.

Bloomberg BNA’s latest Five Things video focuses on how hackers target the sports and entertainment industries:

  •  The data from this industry is very attractive to hackers—from stealing and revealing TV show episodes before they are scheduled to run, which happened to Netflix Inc.’s “Orange Is the New Black,” to targeting customer financial data, which happened to millions of Sony PlayStation Network customers.
  •  Ticket sales offer another tempting target, as Ticket reseller Stub Hub found out when a hacker stole and resold tickets to Adele’s last world-wide mega tour.
  •  Exposing stolen personal information of celebrities, such as posting revealing personal photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence or leaking the medical records of New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre Paul, is another threat.
  •  Some movies studios curtailed their use of sneak peak videos after fans videotaped “Deadpool” and “X-Men” movie teasers at the 2015 Comic-Con convention and posted them online.
  •  Major League Baseball banned for life the St. Louis Cardinals’ scouting director for hacking into the Houston Astros’ player stats database to seek an edge in recruiting.
As long as the public clamors for personal insights into celebrities, crave first look access to movies and TV shows, and spend money on tickets and subscriptions, hackers will continue to target the entertainment and sports industries.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ayanna Alexander in Washington at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Donald Aplin at

Copyright © 2017 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Request Bloomberg Law: Privacy & Data Security