OAN’s Sophia Flores
7:45 AM – Tuesday, September 12, 2023
MGM Resorts International properties is the latest victim of a widespread cyberattack. Over a dozen hotels and casinos across the United States were affected by the hack on the company’s computer systems.
On Monday, the company announced a “cybersecurity issue.” It had caused reservation systems and casino floors in their Las Vegas, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Ohio properties to shut down. It has also affected company emails, casino slot machines and room keys.
In Las Vegas alone, the company operates 48,000 rooms on The Strip. One of their hotels, the Bellagio, was unable to let guests into any of their 3,933 rooms as the keys run though a computer system. Restaurants on their properties only accepted cash and all ATM and credit card machines were down for hours.
A concierge at the Bellagio told NBC News 3 that the whole system was down ‘internally and externally.’
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was aware of the situation and is looking into it.
On Monday night, the company released a statement that it was operational again.
This is not the first time that the MGM was hacked. The company was victim to a cyberattack in 2020. 142 million guests, including Justin Bieber and then Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, were a part of the breach. Those affected had their contact information, such as their names, postal addresses and email addresses compromised.