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Madison Square Garden, Radio City & more hit by credit card data breach

AC/DC at Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden in December (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)

The Madison Square Garden Company has revealed that it suffered a data breach in roughly the past year at five of their venues:  MSG, The Theater at MSG, Radio City Music Hall, The Beacon Theatre and the Chicago Theatre. The gist of the breach is that credit cards used at any of those venues from November 9, 2015 until October 24, 2016 for food, beverage or merchandise may have been affected. The company released a statement (via Billboard):

Data contained in the magnetic stripe on the back of payment cards swiped in person to purchase merchandise and food and beverage items at Madison Square Garden, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theater, and Chicago Theater between November 9, 2015 and October 24, 2016 may have been affected, including credit card numbers, cardholder names, expiration dates and internal verification codes. Not all cards used during this time frame were affected. This incident did not involve cards used on MSG websites, at the venues’ Box Offices, or on Ticketmaster.

Shows during that time have included the huge likes of Drake, Kanye West, Black Sabbath, Radiohead, Adele, The Stone RosesJames Blake, Opeth, and many more.

The company goes on to say that “The independent forensic investigation shows that no further cards were accessed after the time when signs of unauthorized access were identified. Customers may use their cards with confidence at MSG venues,” but they recommend that people check their card statements from the affected time period if they attended any of those shows, which is, again, a huge swath of people.

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