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Burning Man’s Ticketing System Was Hacked

A couple of software engineers from Silicon Valley discovered a way to cheat the ticketing system and cut the line in front of 80,000 people.

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As Burning Man continues to be one of the main events of the year, many people jump at the opportunity to purchase one of the 40,000 tickets for their experience in Black Rock City. While Burning Man has always been a ‘first come, first serve' model, some 200 software engineers figured out a way to cut the line on Ticketfly to jump the the front of the line.

Burning Man official said “The good News (for us, not them) is that we can track them down, and we’re going to cancel their orders.” The software engineers created a technical ‘backdoor' to the sale and made it to the front of the line.

[pull_quote_center]”They left code in the page that allowed you to generate the waiting room URL ahead of time. If you knew how to form the URL based on the code segment then you could get in line before everyone else who clicked right at noon.”[/pull_quote_center]

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