Casino in North Carolina confirms cyber attack

The casino was forced to close on September 20.
The casino was forced to close on September 20.

Federal authorities are working with the tribal casino to investigate who was responsible and what information was stolen.

US.- Cache Creek Casino Resort in North Carolina has confirmed that it was targeted in a cyberattack which forced it to close its doors last month.

The tribal casino, owned and operated by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, shut on September 20 due to what it described as a “systems infrastructure failure.”

Federal authorities and independent experts are currently working with Cache Creek to determine who was responsible for the cyberattack and exactly what information was stolen. There are concerns the person or group responsible could plan on demanding a ransom from the tribe.

A notification on the casino’s website said: “We are working closely with independent experts who regularly investigate incidents of this type to determine any risks to data security. Attacks like these are significant and can take weeks to research thoroughly,

“If it is determined the personal information of guests or employees was exposed, we will notify affected individuals in writing. To further reassure our community, we repeat our commitment to continued full pay and benefits for our employees during this time, whether they have been asked to report for their regular shifts or not.”

The news comes shortly after a study released by cybersecurity solutions provider Group-IB found that fraudsters were increasingly posing as bookmakers in order to extract money from victims.