California casino resumes ops after hack, while two Idaho casinos may have been attacked
By Bob Garcia
The cache Creek Casino has been closed since September 20 following a cyberattack
The Cache Creek Casino in California is back and welcoming gamblers as it opens its door for business, following a cyberattack on September 20. Data forensic experts and the FBI continue to investigate if there was any customer data leaked in last month’s attack on the casino. What has been described as a “major systems disruption” has also struck two casinos in Idaho, leading to speculation that another cyberattack took place recently there, as well.
Cache Creek, owned and operated by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, was forced to shut down due to a “systems infrastructure failure” caused by an “external attack” on the casino’s network. The FBI is trying to determine if the incident was a ransomware attack. The casino has stated that all customers will be notified if their data turns out to have been compromised.
Cache Creek opened its door for business on Monday, after installing new security measures to its network. Now it looks like the Clearwater River Casino & Lodge and the It’se Ye Ye Casino suffered attacks to their systems on Tuesday. The Nez Pierce Tribe, owner of both of the casinos, posted a message on their social media accounts, “We continue to work diligently toward resolving the issue. Both entities will remain closed until further notice. This disruption does not impact the Nez Perce Express convenience store, Nimiipuu Health or the Nez Perce Tribe Government Offices.”
Casinos are frequently targeted by hackers, and many of those attacks are never reported. Major casino operators have also been targeted as hackers to steal customer data without leaving a trace, but authorities worry that these recent cases may attempt to infiltrate systems to demand money.