The MGM Resorts is operational after cybersecurity issue
A cybersecurity specialist has issued a cautionary message: 'Your experience is going to be negative.'
At 1:57 pm, as reported by CNN
MGM Resorts has closed down certain computer systems due to a "cybersecurity issue," as stated in a post on the company's social media platform on Monday.
On Tuesday evening, the corporation issued a new message indicating that their resorts' food, shows, and gambling amenities are presently open. The announcement also expressed gratitude to the visitors for their understanding and assured them that they may still get into their hotel accommodations.
On the other hand, the announcement did not clarify the condition of its systems, whether these tasks are being managed by hand, or if some establishments are still receiving only physical money.
At the start of Tuesday, the website of MGM Resorts was still inaccessible. Instead, an apology message and contact numbers for guest's individual hotel concierge desk were displayed.
On Monday, CNN reported that Justin Heath, who was staying as a guest at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, shared that customers were facing issues while charging their purchases to their hotel rooms. Additionally, the hotel's digital room keys were not functioning properly and the restaurants were only accepting cash payments.
MGM issued a statement last Sunday saying that they conducted an investigation with the help of top-notch cybersecurity professionals after discovering a cybersecurity problem. The statement was posted on X, which was previously referred to as Twitter.
MGM Resorts (MGM) has announced that it is collaborating with law enforcement authorities and has taken swift action to safeguard its systems and data, which entailed suspending some systems.
A representative from the FBI informed CNN that they have knowledge of the occurrence but refused to give more information about it.
CNN has contacted MGM Resorts to gather additional details about the situation. MGM Resorts International is in charge of several establishments throughout America, such as Aria, Bellagio, Cosmopolitan, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand Las Vegas, and New York-New York resorts located in Las Vegas. Other hospitality properties are situated in different domestic areas like Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Maryland, Ohio, New Jersey, and New York. Additionally, the company has resort sites operating in China.
It's not known if the breach in cybersecurity was done by bad guys who wanted important information or just to mess up MGM's systems. When people investigate, they try to figure out what kind of attack it was to see if the goal was to steal things and make money or if it was government people collecting info for their country.
Casinos have become a popular focus of interest for both conventional cybercriminal organizations as well as foreign governing authorities.
Last year, experts revealed that a cyber attack on a casino located in North America involved hackers stealing data by breaking into an aquarium that was connected to the firm's internet system.
According to the US Director of National Intelligence, the Iranian government launched a harmful cyberattack against the Sands Las Vegas Corporation in 2014.
This report was assisted by Danielle Sills from CNN.