An Alliance of Two Hacking Groups Compromised MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment Operations

September 14, 2023

Caesars Entertainment is halfway to losing a multimillion dollars, roughly half of $30,000,000 as ransom amount, and MGM resort revival Is still questionable.

Groups linked to Las Vegas cyber attacks are prolific criminal hacking gangs A breach of two Las Vegas casino operators is spotlighting the Scattered Spider and ALPHV hacking groups.

In recent weeks, two prominent businesses, MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment, fell victim to alleged cyber intrusion accompanied by drastic consequences. The former is sparing no efforts to resume operations, while the latter is forced to pay a hefty multimillion-dollar ransom amount.

So far, the hacktivists remain definitively unidentified, but two hacking groups, ALPHV and Scattered Spider, are reportedly involved. However, the contradiction stands as Scattered Spider’s member took responsibility for the attack on MGM Resorts but denied Caesar's breach. After some days of silence, ALPHV took responsibility for the same security breach.

According to the statement of Caesars in Thursday's regulatory findings, the suspicious breach originated from a social engineering attack on its outsourced IT support vendor. The representative added; “the cyber criminals gained a copy of driver’s license numbers and/or social security numbers from the company’s loyalty program database”.

On the other hand, Scattered Spider member told CyberScoop in an online chat that negotiations with MGM are underway. However, they didn’t disclose demands. They further claimed that breached information comprises sexual abuse incident reports, customer details, and confidential corporate records

“If MGM decides they want to discuss if they paid or how much is completely up to them. If they decide they want to pay the money, we assure them their systems won't [sic] be breached again,” the member of Scattered Spider further added.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) launched an investigation on Thursday to counter the situation but FBI, MGM, And Caesars refused to comment any further on developments regarding the situation.

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