The casino websites have been restored, but the investigation continues
The hackers that breached and defaced the websites of several casinos owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp last week have published a video to demonstrate that they’ve stolen 828 Gb of files from the company’s systems.The data apparently stolen by the hacktivsts hasn’t been published online. They’ve only made the video to show that it’s stored on a local hard drive.
The files appear to include budget information, details on the company’s IT systems, IT department and network passwords, and even a folder with user data. The user data consists of around 700 folders, each associated with one individual, most likely the company’s employees.
It’s difficult to say if the large amount of files obtained by the Anti WMD Team contains any customer information, but it’s clear that the attackers had unrestricted access to at least some of Las Vegas Sands’ servers.
On Monday, Las Vegas Sands representatives announced that the casino websites had been restored. According to Reuters, email systems, which have been targeted by the hackers, are also being brought back online.
The company has confirmed that employee information has been accessed, but they’re still trying to figure out if customers are impacted. So far, there’s no evidence that gambling systems or customer financial information has been compromised.
The hackers have targeted the company after its CEO, Sheldon Adelson, said that the US should drop a nuclear bomb on Iran.
In a short message published next to the video, the hacktivists noted that “this is the second alarm for bloody Sheldon Adelson.” They also threaten that it will “end in tears” for him and anyone else who talks like him.
The re-launched casino websites are not the same as they’ve been before the hacker attack. Part of the content is different, but the company’s representatives are refusing to provide details.
Las Vegas Sands is working with investigators on trying to determine who is behind the attacks. However, if the hackers are from Iran, or any other country that’s not in good relations with the US, it’s unlikely that any actions can be taken against them.
Check out the 11-minute video published by the hackers: