Northern California Casino Hit with Cyber Attack
The Cache Creek Casino has announced they were victim of a cyber attack after first reporting a systems infrastructure failure.
The Cache Creek Casino is owned and operated by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. The casino was shut down on September 20 and news reports now reveal that the casino was subject to a cyber attack. At first, the casino announced that they had an infrastructure failure within its systems. Now, new reports provide details of the external computer attack.
The official website of the casino now includes a statement revealing that the operator is working closely with independent experts on the issue. The experts have knowledge of this type of attack as they investigate such incidents on a regular basis. Attacks like this one are considered significant, according to the tribe, and can take weeks to research thoroughly.
The notice says that if the investigation reveals that personal information of employees or guests was exposed, the casino will notify the individuals affected in writing. The reassure the community, the operator repeated its commitment to continue to provide full pay and benefits to employees if they report to shifts or not.
The casino is located in Capay Valley and is quite large. It offers 2,300 slot machines and 120 table games. The casino has a large poker room and a resort with 200 hotel rooms and nine dining facilities. Because the facility is so large and offers a number of services, there is potential that it could see individuals affected by the attack. We won’t know for sure until more details are provided involving any data that was accessed.
FBI Helping with the Investigation
According to various news reports, the FBI are working with Cache Creek Casino regarding the cyber attack. The FBI will be able to help figure out what type of information was stolen by the hackers. It is believed that the FBI is involved because the goal of the attack was to hold the tribe hostage until a ransom was paid.
The Cache Creek Casino will remain closed as they work to investigate the matter and fortify their infrastructure. In a statement, the casino commented that unfortunately the computer attacks are more frequent among various businesses including major banks along with a large healthcare company and a Las Vegas casino.
Certain types of facilities are often targeted by hackers due to the type of information they hold. With casinos in the United States, cyber criminals try to hack these facilities to access data of millions of people including financial data.
Such criminals will use several types of malicious code as well as software to infiltrate computer networks and systems of casino facilities. Because of these types of attacks, casinos must hire professionals to install quality protection for their data systems.
Casinos have hotels that include personal and financial data of guests as well as information via the casino itself along with other areas within the venue. Casinos are basically collection houses of data and because they handle tens to 100s of thousands in transactions, they are a prime target for criminal activity.
One of the largest such attacks in recent years includes the Las Vegas Sands. In 2013, the casino’s computer network was hacked and a cyber attack led to customer information being compromised. Credit card information, driver’s license numbers and social security numbers were included in data accessed during the attack.
The MGM Resorts was attacked last year, with information stolen involving over 10 million people. While this attack was large, MGM reported that the credit card and password information of guests was not accessed by the culprits.
These incidents show just how important it is for casinos to remain vigilant and have systems updated on a regular basis and protected to ensure that player information is always secure.