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Macau casinos bolster their cyberdefenses amid US breach

September 18, 2023 Macau Crime & Legal

In response to recent assaults on US gambling companies, Macau’s gaming operators are intensifying their own efforts. In an effort to strengthen their cyber defenses, Macau’s gaming companies have initiated internal security audits out of concern for potential vulnerabilities.

According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Sands China, one of the most prominent gambling operators in Macau, has instructed its marketing team to alter their social media credentials, particularly those shared with partners. This action is intended to strengthen online security.

MGM China, an additional significant participant in Macau’s gaming industry, has also conducted proactive cybersecurity system assessments to reduce the risk of cyberattacks. Thankfully, MGM China’s casinos were unaffected by a recent cyber incident involving its parent company, MGM Resorts International. Experts emphasize that Macau’s casino operators already utilize highly sophisticated cybersecurity systems and conduct comprehensive daily security reviews.

On December 21, 2019, Macau enacted the Macau Cybersecurity Law (MCSL) to address potential hazards to computer networks and critical infrastructures in the region. This legislation mandates the implementation of protective measures by companies operating in twelve important industry sectors.

According to insiders, the implementation of the Cybersecurity Law has considerably improved Macau’s overall cybersecurity.

MGM Resorts International recently encountered a cyberattack in the United States, resulting in the closure of computer systems at all of its properties. This incident prompted an investigation by U.S. law enforcement agencies, who suspect it was the work of the cyber group Scattered Spider.

Shortly after the cyberattack on MGM Resorts, another American gambling operator, Caesars Entertainment, disclosed a significant data compromise. A considerable quantity of consumer information, including driver’s license numbers and Social Security numbers, was stolen by hackers from a company database. Caesars Entertainment purportedly paid a substantial ransom to the hackers.

The precise origins and complete scope of these intrusions remain unknown, highlighting the imperative need for enhanced cybersecurity measures in the Macau and international gaming industries.

Original story by: Asia Gaming Brief

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