Breach, Data Security

Skimmer used at Cleveland parking garage, payment cards stolen

A skimmer was used at Willard Park Garage under Cleveland City Hall, stealing information on three dozen people and putting hundreds of others at risk.

How many victims? 36 had information stolen and hundreds may be at risk. 

What type of personal information? Bank account and/or credit card information.

What happened? A skimmer was used to steal personal information from people paying at Willard Park Garage.

What was the response? Unauthorized access to the credit card server was eliminated and an investigation is ongoing. Those who paid at the garage in recent weeks are being asked to monitor their financial information for suspicious charges.

Details: On Oct. 22, 13 employees of the Federal Building came forward after noticing fraudulent charges on their credit cards – the only common link between them was paying for parking at Willard Park Garage. The individual responsible used a skimmer and had to be close to the payment kiosk to steal the data.

Source:, Northeast Ohio Media Group, “Data breach at Cleveland parking garage compromises dozens of credit cards,” Nov. 1, 2014.

UPDATE: Northeast Ohio Media Group updated their article, stating that a skimmer was not used to steal the data.

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