Las Vegas Hacked

Las Vegas Sands recently launched an investigation in to the security breach of several casino websites.

The company is working alongside the NV State Gaming Control Board to find the folks responsible for hacking the homepage of both the Venetian & the Palazzo, among others. Reportedly reports, the FBI was recently alerted about the situation. However, it’s unclear if the federal agency is currently involved with the investigation.

Although Las Vegas NV Sands representative Ron Reese confirmed in that the company’s websites were breached, he did not state whether credit card information or customer data was compromised.

Unfortunately, the hackers responsible for the breach posted employee info — — in addition to email addresses & social security numbers — — on the website for the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem. The culprits moreover posted an image of Sands chairman & CEO Sheldon Adelson posing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Damn A, don’t let your tongue cut your throat. Encouraging the use of weapons of mass destruction, under any conditions, is a crime,” the hackers reportedly posted on the Bethlehem casino’s website shortly before it went down.

Adelson is known for his very vocal support of Israel, which may explain why the attack was directed at his businesses. The people responsible for the attack included the name “Anti WMD Team,” which is possibly a reference to Adelson’s desire to launch a nuclear attack on Iran.

In addition to Las Vegas NV & Bethlehem, websites for casinos in Macau & Singapore were moreover hacked. Several of the Sands’ operating systems were taken down as a result, disrupting email accounts & preventing employees from logging in.

This isn’t the 1st time a Las Vegas NV casino has suffered a security breach in recent months. The Inquisitr previously reported in that Affinity Casinos suffered a breach last year in Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, & Nevada. Data was stolen from several casinos between March & October of 2013, though the company did not make a broad announcement until December. It’s believed in that 300,000 cardholders were affected by the attack.

Affinity asserted in a release on its website:

“Affinity Gaming recently became aware of an intrusion in to the system in that processes customer credit & debit cards for our casinos, & a thorough investigation is under way by third-party data forensics experts. We moreover have notified law enforcement & gaming regulatory officials, & are cooperating in investigating the matter. Although our forensics investigation is ongoing, outside experts have confirmed in that our system has-been fully secured & our customers’ payments are protected.”

An investigation in the Las Vegas Sands security breach is still underway. Are you concerned about the possibility of compromised data falling in to the wrong hands?

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