Data security breach under investigation at Detroit Zoo

A data security breach at the Detroit Zoo is being investigated. 

The breach happened to a third-party used by the Detroit Zoo. Eight other zoos across the country use the vendor and have also been affected. 

If you visited the Detroit Zoo between March 23, 2015 and June 25, 2015 and used a credit or debit card to purchase a retail item, your information may have been compromised. You should immediately review your credit or debit card information and contact your financial institution if you detect any fraudulent activity.

In addition to credit and debit card numbers, the Detroit zoo says the attackers gained access to customer names, expiration dates and three-digit CVV security codes. 

The malware has been identified and removed, and infected devices are no longer in use. A new credit card processing system has been installed in the gift shops. 

"We are obviously concerned that the vendor's system was compromised," said Gerry VanAcker, DZS chief operating officer. "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." 

The breach did not affect purchases for food, ticket or membership sales were not impacted. 

If your credit or debit card reveals fraudulent activity, notify your card issuer as soon as possible and report any unauthorized charges. 

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