Northern California casino shut down by external computer attack

Sam Stanton reports:

Northern California’s Cache Creek Casino Resort, which has been shut down since Sept. 20 because of what it called a “systems infrastructure failure,” confirmed Wednesday that its computer systems were the target of an outside attack and that the incident is under investigation.

“While our investigation is ongoing, we have confirmed the cause was an external attack on our computer network,” the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, owners of the casino, said in response to questions from The Sacramento Bee.

Nobody is saying on the record that it is definitely a ransomware attack, but it wouldn’t be surprising, as this wouldn’t be the first casino to be hit. Two others were hit earlier this year.

“Four Queens Hotel and Casino and Binion’s Casino in downtown Las Vegas are open for business but for several days were only able to trade in cash, while startling videos of rows of crippled slot machines on empty casino floors swept across Twitter,” Computer Business Review Online reported at the time.

Read more on SacBee.

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