Personal data hacked from Ashmolean Museum website

Personal data hacked from Ashmolean Museum website

Personal data hacked from Ashmolean Museum website

First published in News
Last updated

PERSONAL data of nearly 8,000 people has been hacked from the Ashmolean Museum’s website.

The cyber-attack meant the details of 7,757 people who had bought tickets to the museum’s exhibitions online were extracted by an unknown hacker.

But the hack has not affected everyone who has used the Beaumont Street museum’s website to book tickets.

Details which were exposed are the names, e-mails, addresses and telephone numbers of those affected.

Ashmolean spokesman Claire Parris said: “A cyber-attack on the Ashmolean Museum’s website was recently identified and quickly blocked.

“No financial information and no sensitive personal data were exposed in the attack.

“Museum staff are working with staff of the university’s IT Services to manage the response to the incident and are doing everything possible to ensure there are no further such attacks.”

The museum has written to those affected to apologise for the security breach and has reported the incident to the Information Commissioner.

Botley resident Paul Fisher, 40, was one of those affected by the cyber-attack.
He said: “The first thing I did was change my email password.

“It's worrying that this seems to be happening regularly, but it's good that they got in touch with me as soon as they could.”.

  • Our top stories:

Attack in Oxford city centre leaves two men needing hospital treatment

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

6:24pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

TWO men were assaulted in Oxford city centre last weekend.

What have our brilliant columnists said this week - choose your favourite in our interactive collage

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Just what have our thought-provoking columnists been writing about this week? Catch up with our interactive collage giving you a choice from 9 of the best

Our interactive spread of the week's best photos: but what are the stories behind the pictures

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

We've had some wonderful pictures this week - here's our interactive spread with links to the stories behind the photos

Oxfordshire callers to police's 101 number urged to stay on line amid problems

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

11:19am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Callers to the police's non-emergency 101 number are being urged to stay on the line despite problems.

Brainpower is the key for Oxford United says head coach Michael Appleton

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Michael Appleton says Oxford United will need to be intelligent if they are to keep heavyweight striker Adebayo Akinfenwa quiet for AFC Wimbledon today.

6 things you may not have known were happening in Oxfordshire this weekend

Oxford Mail: Terry Wogan at the fund raising reception

11:34am Friday 21st November 2014

Six things you may not have known were happening in Oxfordshire this weekend.

Hanborough primary school among region's best

Oxford Mail: Magdalen College School Antiques Roadshow

8:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A state primary school in Long Hanborough has been included in a list of the top schools in the South East.

Teacher denies abuse

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

8:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A 70-year-old former teacher has denied historical sexual abuse offences.

Drug dealer tried to run away from police

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

8:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A DRUG dealer who tried to run away from police was jailed yesterday at Oxford Crown Court.

Daughter’s plea to catch the swine who stole dad’s ashes

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A LIFE-SIZE fibreglass pig containing the ashes of a Second World War veteran has been stolen from his daughter’s home.

Abingdon leisure centre's £390k car park revamp finished

Oxford Mail:

6:40am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A 99-SPACE extension to an Abingdon leisure centre car park has been completed as part of a £390,000 revamp.

Proposal could allow publicans to buy beers on the open market

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 22nd November 2014

DRINKERS could soon be able to drink a wider range of beers in Oxfordshire’s pubs than ever before, the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has claimed.

Prince Charles visits heritage garden at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons in Milton

Oxford Mail:

3:47pm Friday 21st November 2014

The Prince of Wales has made a visit to Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons in Milton, to view an organic heritage garden commissioned by Raymond Blanc. 

Three arrested over robbery in Abingdon

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

3:16pm Friday 21st November 2014

THREE people have been arrested in Abingdon today following a robbery early this morning.

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:35pm Wed 18 Jun 14

WestOxonian says...

I was delighted to get an email on Saturday to say that someone in Turkey and then Costa Rica had attempted to hack into my Gmail account (via my Ashmolean booking details0. I've had to since cancel my bank card in case my Gmail account contained any sensitive financial information and change my Gmail password which has led to synching issues on my mobile phone. Just marvellous ...
I was delighted to get an email on Saturday to say that someone in Turkey and then Costa Rica had attempted to hack into my Gmail account (via my Ashmolean booking details0. I've had to since cancel my bank card in case my Gmail account contained any sensitive financial information and change my Gmail password which has led to synching issues on my mobile phone. Just marvellous ... WestOxonian
  • Score: 0

12:01am Thu 19 Jun 14

oxford_bert says...

WestOxonian wrote:
I was delighted to get an email on Saturday to say that someone in Turkey and then Costa Rica had attempted to hack into my Gmail account (via my Ashmolean booking details0. I've had to since cancel my bank card in case my Gmail account contained any sensitive financial information and change my Gmail password which has led to synching issues on my mobile phone. Just marvellous ...
At least they knew and informed you. Imagine, just for a second, that the
Asmolean website was run by people who didn't even realise they'd been hacked (many, many UK websites). You wouldn't be making comments like these then because you wouldn't even know. For a company to openly admit they'd been hacked and contact all the potential vicitms shows excellent customer service imo. My advice is a) don't use the same password across sites - especially ones that match your gmail account and b) be grateful the Ashmolean has admitted and advertised this breach.
[quote][p][bold]WestOxonian[/bold] wrote: I was delighted to get an email on Saturday to say that someone in Turkey and then Costa Rica had attempted to hack into my Gmail account (via my Ashmolean booking details0. I've had to since cancel my bank card in case my Gmail account contained any sensitive financial information and change my Gmail password which has led to synching issues on my mobile phone. Just marvellous ...[/p][/quote]At least they knew and informed you. Imagine, just for a second, that the Asmolean website was run by people who didn't even realise they'd been hacked (many, many UK websites). You wouldn't be making comments like these then because you wouldn't even know. For a company to openly admit they'd been hacked and contact all the potential vicitms shows excellent customer service imo. My advice is a) don't use the same password across sites - especially ones that match your gmail account and b) be grateful the Ashmolean has admitted and advertised this breach. oxford_bert
  • Score: 0

8:14am Thu 19 Jun 14

Icefrog says...

The world is too crazy and insecure. Hackers can get very personal information that they need by hacking. Sometimes, they can even find out the password using special hack tools. It's worth mentioning that hack can be very useful in certain condition. A child of my neighborhood behaved erratically some time ago, her parents used Micro keylogger http://www.remotespy
.co/pc-keylogger.htm
l to get her FB password to find that someone was trying to tempt her into taking drugs. That is terrible.
The world is too crazy and insecure. Hackers can get very personal information that they need by hacking. Sometimes, they can even find out the password using special hack tools. It's worth mentioning that hack can be very useful in certain condition. A child of my neighborhood behaved erratically some time ago, her parents used Micro keylogger http://www.remotespy .co/pc-keylogger.htm l to get her FB password to find that someone was trying to tempt her into taking drugs. That is terrible. Icefrog
  • Score: 1

8:18am Thu 19 Jun 14

Icefrog says...

The world is too crazy and insecure. Hackers can get very personal information that they need by hacking. Sometimes, they can even find out the password using special hack tools. It's worth mentioning that hack can be very useful in certain condition. A child of my neighborhood behaved erratically some time ago, her parents used Micro keylogger http://www.remotespy
.co/pc-keylogger.htm
l to get her FB password to find that someone was trying to tempt her into taking drugs. That is terrible.
The world is too crazy and insecure. Hackers can get very personal information that they need by hacking. Sometimes, they can even find out the password using special hack tools. It's worth mentioning that hack can be very useful in certain condition. A child of my neighborhood behaved erratically some time ago, her parents used Micro keylogger http://www.remotespy .co/pc-keylogger.htm l to get her FB password to find that someone was trying to tempt her into taking drugs. That is terrible. Icefrog
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree