Nashville’s Ryman Hospitality Properties, parent company for The Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, and WSM-AM, has fallen victim to an email phishing scam.
According to MusicRow, hackers were able to access confidential W-2 information for the 2015 tax season, which included names, addresses, tax rates, Social Security numbers, and income earned from performances at the Opry by sending fraudulent emails.
“An employee received an email that appeared to have been sent by an officer of the company asking for employee W-2 information,” a representative told Billboard. “In reality, this email was sent from an outside party using a common fraud tactic known as email spoofing/phishing and, as a consequence, personal employee information was disclosed externally.”
Those who were impacted by the phishing scam are being offered free identity theft protection and credit monitoring services by the company.
“We take the privacy of our employees’ personal information very seriously, and while we had controls in place to prevent this sort of leak, they did not work in this instance. Our primary focus now is to work aggressively to ensure this never happens again, and we have an entire response team working toward this aim.”
So far, no Opry members have come forward publicly as victims or otherwise commented on the incident.