October was a magical month for the Colorado Rockies. By the end of the month, the team had just won their 21st game out of 22 and was on its way to the franchise’s first World Series. Then the day their fans were set to buy tickets to the fall classic, they were shut out when servers hosting online ticket sales crashed after what team officials called a “malicious attack.”
Now almost three months after an investigation was opened by the Los Angeles bureau of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, no person has been identified as the perpetrator of the cyber crime.
Laura Eimiller, spokesperson for the FBI, told TicketNews that the investigation into who was responsible for the server crash was ongoing and could not comment further.
On Oct. 22 when online ticket sales began for the World Series against the Boston Red Sox, there were 8.5 million hits on the site within the first 90 minutes of the sale which jammed the Rockies’ system. The servers and system for the ticket sales was provided by Paciolan, the California-based ticket solutions company recently bought by Ticketmaster.
While the FBI investigates, Colorado officials are also taking action to prevent a similar situation from occurring again. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is recommending that the state criminalize the use of programs that are used to purchase large blocks of tickets.