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Hackers attack Vegas casino
Hackers attack Vegas casino

Hackers attack Vegas casino

Las Vegas Sands Corp. confirmed Friday that information about some customers of its Pennsylvania casino was stolen during a data breach earlier this month.

All of the Las Vegas-based company’s sites were down for six days starting Feb. 11, after hackers posted images apparently condemning CEO Sheldon Adelson’s views about using nuclear weapons on Iran.

Sands said hackers crashed its email system and stole employees’ Social Security numbers.

Sands said it was still working to determine whether customer information from other properties was breached, a process made more time-consuming by the destruction the hackers wrought. The company runs the Italian-themed Venetian and Palazzo on the Las Vegas Strip, and several hotel-casinos in China and Singapore.

In its statement, Sands noted that the number of patron accounts that were compromised made up fewer than 1% of all visitors to the Bethlehem casino since its 2009 opening. It has set up a website and free phone number for concerned customers.

The Las Vegas-based company pulled down its corporate and individual hotel websites on February11 after hackers defaced them with images condemning comments Sands chief executive Sheldon Adelson had made about using nuclear weapons on Iran.

The hackers also posted social security numbers for Sands’ Bethlehem employees.

It took the company nearly a week to get the sites back up. The hacking also crippled internal systems and left corporate employees without access to their computers and email accounts for days.

Last week an anonymous video surfaced that appeared to catalogue additional information stolen during the hacking, including administrator passwords for slot machine systems and player information at the Bethlehem casino.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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