Hershey Park Confirms Dates of Credit Card Data Breach
Less than two weeks after Hershey Park announced a possible data breach, the company has confirmed the official dates of the breach. Magnetic strip data from credit cards and debit cards used at Hershey Park were copied between February 14 and June 2 of this year.
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts was first notified about the issue on May 30th, and the company immediately began investigating the possibility of a data breach. Several banking institutions reported fraudulent charges for their customers’ cards after making a trip to the resort.
The latest update confirms that some card data was compromised as a result of “an unauthorized person [who] was able to install a program on devices in its payment card system.” This device was designed to copy credit card data that was being routed to the payment processor.
The company has yet to find evidence that any card data was actually copied from the system. They know when the program was in place and what it was used for, but they cannot officially say if any card data was stolen from the park during the effective dates.
Hershey Park is not the only attraction that may have suffered a credit card breach during this peak travel season. Service Systems Associates, a company that serves gift shops and concessions at zoos throughout the country, may have suffered a breach in their payment systems at up to two dozen zoos.
With the vacation season in full swing, it is important for consumers to regularly check their credit and debit card accounts. Even if you just use your rewards to get free airline tickets, pay attention to your account during and after your trip.