MGM Resorts Takes Systems Offline Following Cyber ​​Attack


MGM Resorts shut down some of its online systems after discovering a cyberattack Monday afternoon.

The company did not respond to requests for comment, but several sources said slot machines and ATMs at the company’s Las Vegas casinos were not working.

From the company the website is downwith a temporary page providing customers with telephone numbers for offices in Detroit, Las Vegas, New York and other cities.

“MGM Resorts recently identified a cybersecurity issue affecting certain company systems. Immediately after detecting the issue, we quickly launched an investigation with the assistance of leading external cybersecurity experts,” the company said. said in a statement on Twitter.

“We also notified law enforcement and took prompt action to protect our systems and data, including shutting down certain systems. Our investigation is ongoing and we are working diligently to determine the nature and scope of the matter.

Local News Organizations in Las Vegas reported that computer systems at MGM-owned hotels – including the Bellagio Hotel – were also down and could not accept credit cards. Guests at hotels outside Las Vegas have taken to social media to report similar problems.

This is not the first time MGM has faced a hacking incident. The Company’s online sports betting business, BetMGM reported a breach in December that involved the names, Social Security numbers and financial information of an unknown number of customers.

In 2020, the personal information of 10.6 million users who stayed at MGM Resorts was leaked to a hacking forum.

Hotels And casinos have long been a prime target for hackers due to the wealth of financial information they hold on their customers.

There are even state-sponsored cyberespionage groups like DarkHotel, APT28, and Rana Group that specialize in cyberattacks targeting hotels and across the globe.

One group, nicknamed “FamousSparrow”, was involved in attacks on hotels in France, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, Taiwan and Burkina Faso.

Marriott said last year that hackers attempted to extort the company after 20 gigabytes of employee and customer data was stolen from the BWI Airport Marriott in Baltimore. Marriott faced several violations over the last 10 years.

The most notable was a breach in 2014 involving the personal information of 500 million hotel guests. The company is in full swing one of the largest class action lawsuits ever related to the violation.

Meliá Hotels International, one of the largest hotel chains in the world, has been paralyzed by cyberattack in 2021.

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Jonathan Greig

Jonathan Greig is a breaking news reporter at Recorded Future News. Jonathan has worked as a journalist around the world since 2014. Before returning to New York, he worked for media outlets in South Africa, Jordan and Cambodia. He previously covered cybersecurity at ZDNet and TechRepublic.

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