Posted: 14 October, 2016 by Sohan Judge

Sydney Running Festival Participants Victims Of Massive Security Breach

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Data from thousands of Sydneysiders has been compromised after the company behind the Sydney Running Festival had their server hacked.


Around 33,000 punters participated in the event this year, and the hack has allegedly affected participants from previous years as well. The security breach is expected to have compromised 144,575 email addresses.

Subscribers to the affected email lists have reportedly received dodgy emails, mentioning an unsettled account and providing a GST invoice of up to $3,000. The emails demand the balance be paid this week.

Events management company, Pont3, has advised users of the breach by email and online. It was their external electronic mailing account that was hacked.

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival - Timeline | Facebook

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival posted a warning to affected users on their Facebook page.

All affected users were notified by the company’s customer service team as soon as it could provide accurate information. No financial information was compromised during the breach.

Image: Blackmores Sydney Running Festival / Facebook

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