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Recent reports indicate that the Las Vegas Sands, a hotel-casino located in Bethlehem, Pa., has fell victim to a cyber-attack allowing hackers to breach their security and steal data that "_contained customer information_, "according to an article published by NewsOxy.com and the Las Vegas Sun. The facility admitted, according to one report, that this breach has impacted "_some casino patrons_" as evidence – published by the hackers themselves – clarified that a large amount of data was stolen from "_casino servers._" The article indicated that the hackers responsible for the breach published an 11-minute video on YouTube to show that they had stolen over 828 GB of data from the Las Vegas Sands servers.
According to the reports, the organization quickly built the support website www.sandsinfo.com to communicate "_details regarding the attack_" to the public and, most importantly, patrons affected by the incident. A released statement from the Las Vegas Sands was quoted in the article to say, "_We have determined that some employee and customer data at our Sands Bethlehem property has been compromised. We are committed to ensuring the security of all data that our guests and team members entrust to us, and are providing free credit monitoring and identity theft protection service through Experian to identified customers by the data breach._."
The NewsOxy article has confirmed that the compromised servers host an assortment of data including "_credit card information, bank account information, social security numbers, driver's license numbers, and other confidential information that can be used for gaming, tax reporting purposes, or to open a line of credit._" The hotel-casino said that they have no evidence that "_the stolen information is being misused_" but, as the NewsOxy article states, a report from the Associated Press shows the number of victims to number in "_the mid-five figure range._"
Written by Bryon Turcotte / March 4, 2014