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Ticketmaster Says Scalpers System as Springsteen Goes on Sale

January 29, 2012

Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Ticketmaster, the world’s biggest online ticket service, said scalpers overwhelmed its computer systems as the company began taking orders for Bruce Springsteen concerts.

Traffic at the website was 2.5 times the highest level of the past year, Los Angeles-based Ticketmaster, part of Live Nation Entertainment Inc., said today in an e-mail.

“Early indications suggest that much of this traffic came from highly suspicious sources, implying that scalpers were using sophisticated computer programs to assault our systems and secure tickets with the sole intention of selling them in the resale market,” the company said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andy Fixmer in Los Angeles at afixmer@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rob Golum at rgolum@bloomberg.net


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