For those looking forward to rocking out or catching the Rockettes this holiday season — a note of caution. Reports emerging this morning indicate that cybercriminals have managed to breach both iconic locations. The breach has been ongoing for almost a year.
According to Madison Square Garden Co., which controls both venues, hackers likely have captured personal information on credit and debit cards used. MSG Co further notes that the data was likely captured when cards were used at food and beverage locations between November of 2015 and late October of this year.
The breach — like so may of this kind — comes care of installed malware which allowed the criminals behind the attack to read and capture card data stored on magnetic stripes. That data includes cardholder names, card numbers, expiration dates and verification codes.
The company has not confirmed when it learned of the breach, but said banks had identified a transaction pattern that indicated a potential data security concern.
The issue has since been fixed, MSG said; no reports exist as of yet as to how many card numbers have been affected.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.