Now Philadelphia Orchestra is shut down by bot attack

Now Philadelphia Orchestra is shut down by bot attack


norman lebrecht

February 15, 2023

Hours after the Metropolitan Opera suffered renewed attacks by malware hackers, the Philadelphia Orchestra website was also put out of action, along with the rest of the Kimmel Center online operation.

A temporary box-office is operating.


  • william osborne says:

    Are the Met and Kimmel Center attacks Russian sabotage, or are they ransomware attacks? Last July there was a ransomware attack on WordFly, a tech company providing digital marketing for dozens of popular cultural organizations in several countries including the Smithsonian, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canada Stage, the Sydney Dance Company in Australia, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the U.K.’s Old Vic Theatre and several other major organizations.

    The Smithsonian later said WordFly had told them it “worked with the attackers” and confirmed that the stolen data had been deleted. I suspect “worked with” means the criminals were paid a ransom.

  • Curvy Honk Glove says:

    Our adversaries are really hitting us where it hurts. How, oh how, will we ever be able to carry on with this disruption to the least consequential niche of our entertainment industry. There’ll be riots in the streets for weeks.

  • William says:

    Interesting that the commonality between these two orgs (Met and Philly) is Yannick…

  • Sol Siegel says:

    The Philly attack happened over the weekend, several days before the new Met attack. They still haven’t fully recovered. Looks like a major ransomware attack to me.

  • Sisko24 says:

    Thank you for covering this Mr. Lebrecht. I tried to go Philly’s site yesterday to look at upcoming concerts and saw the temporary site then. I decided against placing any orders until they get their regular site back, up and running. Wonder how long it’ll take them to do so?

  • Mr. Ron says:

    From their website: “The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc., has experienced a cyber incident that has temporarily impacted our network systems. As we work to resolve this issue, we assure patrons that all performances on Campus will proceed as planned and our security protocols are working as intended to protect sensitive data. Our websites will be updated regularly.”