attack – Nevada Gaming Commissioner demands explanations from MGM and Caesars
Following the recent cyber-attacks on MGM International and Caesars Entertainment – which resulted in the payment of a $15 million ransom – Nevada State Gaming Commissioner Brian Krolicki has called on both companies to provide full details of the hacking they suffered. “These cyber-attacks have been all over the world in the news, I think it would be in everyone’s interest to understand what happened,” he said.
Cyber-attacks: Brian Krolicki met MGM and Caesars executives
According to Las Vegas Review-JournalNevada Gaming Commissioner Brian Krolicki convened an emergency meeting with the presidents of MGM International and Caesars Entertainment to clarify certain points regarding the recent computer attacks suffered by the two companies.
During the meeting, the former Lieutenant Governor of Nevada was quoted as saying, ” Right now, the priority is to get your respective casinos back on their feet, but also to make sure that customers are compensated. You also need to actively work on securing your IT systems. Finally, I think that at some point, once we’ve understood what really happened, it would be interesting to do a kind of briefing which we’ll record and broadcast publicly. This would also be an opportunity to put in place new measures to prevent this kind of incident from happening again. “.
To date, MGM International and Caesars Entertainment have revealed few details about the cyber-attacks. What’s more, no representative of either company has taken the trouble to comment on Brian Krolicki’s remarks. The latest statements from MGM International, for example, date back to last Thursday, September 21. At that time, the company hinted that its Las Vegas operations had returned to normal, with the restoration of credit card payment systems in particular.
A Russian-based hacker group has claimed responsibility for one of the cyber-attacks.
A group of hackers probably based in Russia has claimed responsibility for the cyber-attack on MGM. According to estimates is estimated to have cost between $4.2 and $8.4 million per day to the company, which operates hotels, casinos, restaurants and other leisure facilities.
According to an MGM spokesperson, the hackers made credit card payments impossible for several hours. However, the firm’s crisis unit managed to circumvent the problem using a dedicated system (customers’ names and credit card numbers were kept under lock and key before being processed, then eventually destroyed). The source explains that operations were carried out manually until the online payment system was restored. However, a number of customers have expressed concern about the possible disclosure of their personal data…