Silicon Valley Blamed for Burning Man Hack

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Software engineers from Silicon Valley hacked into the Burning Man ticketing system last Wednesday, but are now facing serious repercussions for cutting in line.

Tickets sold out in less than an hour last week for the desert camping festival. However, even while ticket sales went live, social media users noted the ticketing system Ticketfly could be easily hacked.

On Thursday, representatives of the festival confirmed the ticket hack.

“Approximately 200 people created a technical ‘backdoor’ to the sale and made their way to the front of the line,” Burning Man representatives said in an official statement. “Absolutely no tickets were sold before the sale opened, but they were able to purchase the first batch of tickets when the sale started.”

The hack developed from lines in the JavaScript code that enabled customers to obtain tickets three minutes before the official sale time at noon on Wednesday.

On Friday, representatives stated that those who hacked the system will be caught and their tickets will be canceled.

“The good news (for us, not them) is that we can track them down, and we’re going to cancel their orders,” said Burning Man Director of Communications Megan K. Miller. “Steps are being taken to prevent this from happening again in future sales.”

According to Wired, this is not the first time that Silicon Valley has been blamed for taking advantage of the festival. In 2014, Burning Man regulars complained about the influx of corporate executives and celebrities, who compromised the ideals of the festival.