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Las Vegas Sands hacked FBI investigates

The FBI and Secret Service are looking into the hacking of the Las Vegas Sands casino company’s websites, which continued to be offline for more than a day after they were attacked.

The corporate site, along with the homepages of the Palazzo casinos in Las Vegas had a “down for maintenance” page up. The content presented telephone numbers for all Sands properties, however, not emails, since the hacking disurpted that system also.

Sands representative Ron Reese refused to state whether or not the company is aware of credit card data being taken.

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

The Nevada State Gaming Control Board have also been looking into the cyberattack.  Las Vegas Sands Corp. runs the largest casino franchise in the world in the. Additionally, it is the owner of hotel-casinos in Singapore and Bethlehem, Pa.

The company first detected something was off Monday morning, when their email server went down. By Tuesday morning, hackers acquired control over all Sands sites, publishing what appeared as a clip-art collage with a map with fire where Sands casinos can be found, a picture of Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson posing with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with a message condemning the usage of nuclear weapons. The hackers also published employee Social Security numbers and signed the deface with, “Anti WMD Team.”

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