MGM Resorts International, the renowned Las Vegas-based casino company, finds itself in the midst of a protracted cybersecurity ordeal as its computerized systems remain offline for the fourth consecutive day. The company has been grappling with a significant disruption since multiple systems failed, affecting crucial functions such as room and restaurant reservations, mobile app room access, company email, and even some networked slot machines.
Company’s Official Statement
In a statement issued late Tuesday, MGM Resorts International reiterated most of its comments made since the incident’s discovery on Monday. The statement, sent from a Gmail account, outlined the company’s actions and concerns regarding the cybersecurity issue. While MGM Resorts did not explicitly label the incident as a cyberattack, the company’s decision to notify law enforcement strongly suggests the possibility of criminal activity.
The statement reads: “MGM Resorts recently identified a cybersecurity issue affecting certain (number) of the company’s systems. Promptly after detecting the issue, we began an investigation with assistance from leading external cybersecurity experts. We also notified law enforcement and are taking steps to protect our systems and data, including shutting down certain systems. Our investigation is ongoing, and we are working diligently to resolve the matter. The company will continue to implement measures to secure its business operations and take additional steps as appropriate.”
Involvement of External Cybersecurity Experts
MGM Resorts’ proactive approach to enlist the help of external cybersecurity experts underscores the seriousness of the situation. Cybersecurity breaches can have far-reaching consequences, and MGM Resorts International is leaving no stone unturned in addressing the issue swiftly and comprehensively.
Acknowledging the gravity of the incident, the Las Vegas field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has confirmed that it is actively investigating the matter. While the company has not publicly disclosed specific details about the nature and extent of the cyber disruption, the involvement of federal law enforcement agencies indicates the potential involvement of criminal elements.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, responsible for investigating cyberterrorism and other forms of terrorist activity, referred inquiries to MGM Resorts International, suggesting that the company is at the centre of the ongoing investigation.
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