LVS website hacking being investigated by FBI

Feb 17, 2014 7:08 PM

UPDATE 03-03-14: Computer hackers stole the personal information of tens of thousands of Las Vegas Sands customers during a data breach earlier this month, the casino company said Friday.

The company said in a regulatory filing that information about some patrons at its Bethlehem, Pa., hotel-casino was compromised during the Feb. 10 attack. Spokesman Ron Reese said the number of customers affected was in the mid-five figure range, as far as the company could tell so far.

Examples of the kinds of legally protected data that were stolen include Social Security and driver’s license numbers. An informational website Sands has set up warns that credit card information and bank account information may also have been stolen. The company is providing credit monitoring and identity theft protection to customers affected by the hacking.

Reese didn’t say whether credit card information was taken.

UPDATE 02-19-2014: Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. said Tuesday that hacking into their websites and internal systems last week went deeper than the company had previously known.

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

But a video posted online appears to catalog stolen information that goes much further.

Sands spokesman Ron Reese said the company is reviewing the 11-minute video that appears to show dozens of administrator passwords, including passwords for slot machine systems and player information at Sands’ Bethlehem, Pennsylvania casino. It also shows employee files and a diagram of the company’s internal networks. He said the company did not know about the additional incursions until it started investigating the video.

UPDATE 02-18-2014: Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. has restored its websites a week after they were hacked. Sands restored the websites Monday afternoon. 

Sands is working with the FBI and Secret Service to investigate the cyberattack, and it’s also cooperating with state gambling regulators.

The hacking of the business websites of Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) is being investigated by both the FBI and the Secret Service, according to officials.

Attempts to enter the corporate site as well as the home pages for both the Venetian and the Palazzo casinos in Las Vegas were rejected with the notation they were down for maintenance. Reservations could still be made through third-party sites, however.

A company spokesman would not comment on whether credit card information had been compromised.

“While we have been able to confirm that certain core operating systems were not impacted by the hacking,” said Ron Reese, “the company remains focused on working thorough a step-by-step process to ascertain what, if any, additional systems may have been impacted.”

Also involved in the probe is the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

Contact Ray at [email protected].

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