Caesars Entertainment Gets Hacked, Exposing Countless Gamblers
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- By Steven
- Sep 19, 2023
Caesars Entertainment is one of the largest casino companies in the United States and is well-known for its loyalty program. The company serves countless customers in Las Vegas and elsewhere throughout the world. The massive loyalty program takes in data from all of Caesars customers, and that program may have just backfired on the company, potentially hurting many of its customers in the process.
How Did the Attack Occur?
On September 7th, team members at Caesars Entertainment noticed an individual gained access to the company's loyalty database. The data available within the database could be harmful if stolen. The attackers demanded a ransom payment to keep from sharing or reselling the stolen information. The casino company reportedly paid the ransom to protect the information. We cannot confirm that a payment was made or that the attackers will stop their attack based on the collected payment. Anyone affected by this attack should feel more at ease knowing the casino company was willing to go that far to protect its customers.
What Information Was Viewed or Stolen?
According to sources from Caesars, the Caesars Entertainment Loyalty Program database includes Driver's License numbers, standard personal data, Social Security numbers as well as many other details. The information stolen in this data breach could be used to launch identity theft attacks on anyone affected by it. It's a serious issue that must be resolved carefully. If you believe you were affected by the breach, you should protect yourself.
How Did Caesars Entertainment Admit to the Breach?
Along with corresponding to news inquiries and answering questions via email, Caesars Entertainment also filed a form known as “8-K” with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that explains the details of the data breach. The data supplied on this form explains most of what happened with the breach and is publicly available for anyone interested in learning more. We aren't sure if the company will make an announcement to everyone, but we do suspect the entertainment company to send individual notices to each person involved in this breach to inform them they need to protect themselves.
What Will Become of the Stolen Information?
What will become of the data taken from Caesars Entertainment is unclear. The casino provider reports that it paid the ransom demanded, so the data should be misused now. It's unclear if the hacker gang will honor the ransom payment and stop utilizing the information. If your information was involved, you should start looking at what could have been stolen and taking steps to guard yourself.
What Should Affected Parties Do in the Aftermath of the Breach?
As an individual affected by this breach, it is up to you to protect your information. Begin by monitoring your credit for any changes. Follow that up with looking over your bank accounts. These things can help you safeguard your data reliably and make it so you have less of a chance of your data being misused.