Christie's website remains offline as of Monday after a

'Cyberattack' shutters Christie's website days before $840M art mega-auction

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2024-05-13 21:30:09

Christie's website remains offline as of Monday after a "technology security issue" shut it down Thursday night – just days before the venerable auction house planned to flog $840 million of art.

As of Friday morning and still today, Christie's redirects visitors to a temporary website, reportedly due to a cyberattack. It's not thought, at the moment, that any customer data has been stolen.

We apologize that our full website is currently offline. We are looking to resolve this as soon as possible and regret any inconvenience.

In a statement to the media, Christie's confirmed "a technology security issue has impacted some of our systems, including our website." The auction house did not immediately respond to The Register's inquiries on how the digital intruders broke in, what data (if any) they stole, and when Christie's expected to have its main website back online. 

Christie's did confirm its art mega-sale would continue as planned this Tuesday, but with bidding in person and by phone — not online. "We are looking forward to welcoming you to our exhibitions and to registering you to participate in these auctions," CEO Guillaume Cerruti said.

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