New sources are naming Caesars Entertainment as the first victim to be hit by a massive cyberattack on the Las Vegas strip – making MGM Resorts the second casualty in what appears to be a series of ransomware attacks targeting Sin City’s hotel and casino giants starting last month.
MGM Resorts announced it had been hit by a cyberattack Monday on X (formally known as Twitter).
First, rumors of MGM falling victim to a social engineering attack orchestrated by the notorious ALPHV/BlackCat ransomware gang were confirmed by security insiders on X. Then came the stories of Caesars Palace paying out a $30 million ransomware the week before, which also started to take root on social media.
On Monday evening, apparent MGM insider @LasVegasLocally posted on X that fellow casino giant Caesars Entertainment, like MGM, had also been hacked. The post claimed that Caesars quietly paid a $30 million ransom demand “to avoid the problems MGM is experiencing."
The following day, X user @vegassatrfish posted about getting a similar scoop from a current MGM employee. She posted a copy of a text exchange between them on her account. The supposed employee mentioned that call centers and the company's VPN were down for the hotel group as well.