Madison Square Garden Reveals Year-Long Credit Card Breach
Madison Square Garden was the victim of a widespread credit card breach that lasted for nearly a year. According to a company statement, the credit card processors at Madison Square Garden, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theater, and Chicago Theater were compromised between November 9, 2015 and October 24, 2016. The breach did not impact the companies’ websites or digital ticket sales—only the card readers at the physical locations.
Not all cards used during this time were affected by the breach, only those with magnetic strips—not smartchips. The hackers were able to gain access to credit card numbers, expiration dates, cardholder names and verification codes for some of the cards used at these locations.
Only those who bought food, drinks or other items at concessions were affected. People who bought tickets for sporting events, performances or concerts at the box office, on the MSG websites or on Ticketmaster were not affected.
The Madison Square Garden Company was alerted to the problem after several banks reported a pattern of fraudulent transactions that they were able to trace back to MSG venues.
The company has recommended that anyone who visited concessions during the affected dates should monitor their payment records and alert their financial institutions of fraudulent transactions.
It is not know how many people were affected by the hack, or how much money, if any, was stolen.