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Further cyber-attacks on Vegas casinos

Further cyber-attacks on Vegas casinos

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The operations of MGM Resorts were severely disrupted in early September due to a cyberattack, the latest in a series of breaches to hit Las Vegas casinos.

This most recent attack began with a social engineering breach of the company’s IT Help Desk, with responsibility claimed by the hacker group ALPHV, also known as BlackCat. The group has also threatened to unleash ransomware on the company’s computer systems and the FBI is investigating the matter.

It is reported that the hackers used low-tech social engineering tactics to gain entry and then more advanced methods that allowed them to impersonate users on the networks.

MGM is not the only operator to be targeted by cybercriminals. According to Bloomberg, Caesars Entertainment have paid tens of millions to hackers to prevent them from releasing stolen data.

Industry specialist, Alan Feldman, Distinguished Fellow in Responsible Gaming for UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, says that defeating the cybercriminals requires “a constant evolution of security systems, protocols and technologies.”