Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country, affecting around 9.9 million people each year, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Furthermore, around 19 people fall victim to identify theft each minute. For happy families who visited the Detroit Zoo, or one of 12 other zoos this summer, they may be affected by a data breach that occurred from March 23 to June 25 this year.
Michigan Live reports that Service Systems Associates, that operates retail shops and concessions at zoos around the country, is currently investigating a security breach of their system, where hackers have reportedly gained access to customers customers' names, credit and debit numbers, CVV security codes and expiration dates.
CBS Detroit reported that since this time, the Detroit Zoo has installed a new credit card processing system and none of the systems that operate tickets and membership sales were affected. The case is currently under investigation, yet the malware has since been removed from the system.
"We are obviously concerned that the vendor's system was compromised," said Detroit Zoological Society CEO Gerry VanAcker. "Transactions made since June 26 are not affected by the previous breach, and it is safe to use a credit or debit card at SSA's retail locations."
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