Summit County Fair ticketing system suffers security breach
Ryan Summerlin August 29, 2014
Summit County officials are encouraging people who recently bought tickets for the Summit County Fair’s demolition derby and rodeo to contact their bank immediately to check for any unauthorized transactions due to a security breach.
According to Julie Booth, Summit County public and community affairs coordinator, the County learned Wednesday that a third-party online vendor contracted for the ticketing suffered a credit and debit card breach affecting people who bought tickets for the two Fair events.
"We can confirm that 951 transactions may have been affected and have knowledge that other counties utilizing this vendor are experiencing a similar breach," Booth said in a press release.
"Summit County apologizes for the situation and has terminated services with the suspected vendor," Booth said.
Other ticketed events at the fair have not been affected, including the 5K and Little Buckaroo Rodeo, as well as fair vendors, she said.
The breach is believed to have occurred between May 1 and Aug. 9 for primarily online purchases and may include sales of in-person ticket purchases to those events. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
The breach became apparent, Booth said, when some county staffers saw unauthorized purchases on bank statements and shared stories. A common denominator was that all bought tickets online to the demolition derby or rodeo.
Booth also recommended that individuals who bought tickets to immediately review and monitor bank and credit card statements for evidence of unauthorized transactions.
Summit County’s online payment system was "in no way linked" with the security breach, Booth added. "Outsourcing to a third-party vendor was for the Summit County Fair only and should not discourage residents from using county online services now and in the future."
Summit County is also encouraging individuals affected by the breach to file a formal complaint with the Sheriff’s Office by calling 435-615-3600, with the complaint to be added to the Sheriff’s Office case number on this matter.