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FBI “Reviewing” Sundance Cyberattack

Deadline logo Deadline 1/23/2017 Dominic Patten
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Two days after a cyberattack shut down ticket sales at the Sundance Film Festival and saw the Internet ground to a halt in Park City, festival organizers says the feds are on the case.

“The FBI is reviewing the case,” a spokesperson for the Robert Redford-founded fest said of the Saturday’s incident. “At this point, we do not have any reason to believe the cyberattack was targeted towards a specific film. No artist or customer information was compromised.”

An FBI official reiterated to Deadline that they are “working with Sundance on the matter.”

Sundance’s box office began to get partially up and running around noon 1 PM MT, about 45 minutes after the hackers took aim on Saturday. “Our artists’ voices will be heard and the show will go on,” festival organizers said that morning.

While the reasons for the attack are unknown, when and where it happened has raised eyebrows around Park City. The surge against the Sundance Box Office systems occurred just after the highly attended Women’s March On Main wrapped up. More than 8,000 participated in the anti-Donald Trump march on the main drag in Park City, along with hundreds of marches that took place around the country and worldwide.

The snow is coming down hard in Park City right now and the area is under a winter storm warning but that attack by Mother Nature has not shut down any screenings or other aspects of the festival.

Snow or not, Sundance runs until January 29.

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