MGM ‘cybersecurity issue’

MGM shuts down slot machines and ATMs in Las Vegas casinos because of a “cybersecurity issue.” MGM Resorts is looking into the “cybersecurity issue” because its websites are down, and some of the screens on its casino gaming machines flash error messages.

A “cybersecurity issue” at MGM Resorts has caused the famous hotel and casino company to shut down many of its systems, according to the company’s statement on X (formerly Twitter), just before noon ET. MGM changed its homepage to a message apologising for the site being down and giving a list of service phone numbers at places like the Aria, The Cosmopolitan, Mandalay Bay, Bellagio, New York-New York, and Vdara.

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The problem is more than just with MGM’s sites in Las Vegas. NBC 10 News in Philadelphia says the attack also hurt MGM’s Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, but hotel officials didn’t tell how. Play Michigan says that the MGM Grand Detroit Casino is also affected. An X user noted that the casino “has all games running” but that digital keys and MGM’s rewards programme are down.

ABC 13 News in Las Vegas says that the FBI is investigating and has been in touch with MGM since Sunday. The news source says hotel guests couldn’t use their digital room keys, get money from ATMs, or buy food.

This morning, a post on X showed broken slot machines at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. In a post, Las Vegas account X Locally said that “an insider” told them that MGM Resorts was attacked by ransomware, but this has not been proven. Another X user called Murphy posted a picture that they say is from the MGM Grand and shows that the slot machines there are also not working.

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