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Hackers Hit OSU Events Ticketing

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — A ticket vendor used by three Oregon universities has been exposed to hackers, and at Oregon State University, it’s affecting about 5,000 people.

If you bought tickets to events at the memorial union or the university theater, you may have been a victim of identity theft. Vendini, the vendor in question, is also used by Southern Oregon University and Western Oregon University.

“An external party gained access to confidential information,” says OSU spokesperson Steve Clark. “We estimate that approximately 5,100 customers that attended memorial union events at Oregon State may have had their information compromised.”

The company says it happened in late March. Hackers broke into the ticket processor’s database, gaining access to three years’ worth of information including credit card numbers and expiration dates, but not security access codes.

“No information such as passcodes, PIN numbers, date of birth, social security numbers, none of that confidential information was accessible,” says Clark.

The university says no one’s information has been used illegally and most people who bought tickets for events have been notified. OSU is offering free ID protection service for a year to anyone affected by the security breach.

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  1. TJohnson says:

    “The university says no one’s information has been used illegally…”

    I call this a lie. How can they assure this? Did they catch the hackers as soon as the information was stolen? If not, then that stolen information is still in the hands of criminals and will eventually (if not already) be used illegally.

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