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Hershey Park in Pennsylvania has announced that it believes it has suffered a data breach related to credit and debit cards that had been used throughout the park.

“We have received reports from some of our guests that fraud charges appeared on their payment cards after they visited our property,” said Kathleen McGraw, Hershey’s director of communications. “While our company does have security measures in place designed to prevent unauthorized access to our network, we immediately began to investigate our system for signs of an issue and engaged an external computer security firm to assist us. The investigation is ongoing.”

Though Hershey Park states that it has security measures in place, questions have been raised because of this report and others that they were not notified until outside card services noticed fraudulent activity on numerous cards.

As more details emerge, it may become disclosed that Hershey Park violated state, federal or common laws regarding data privacy and security.  We’ll keep monitoring Hershey Park, but if you’ve been effected, now is the time to purchase new or additional identity theft protection, and to reach out to credit reporting agencies and the FTC as necessary to protect your credit and privacy.

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