Are Las Vegas Sands Casino Websites Victims Of A DDoS Attack?
The growing threat of DDoS attacks on online gambling sites is real. A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is one of the main security threats all online sites have. We have reported extensively in the past on gaming companies that have fallen victim to this new type of cybercrime. Even more worrying are reports from Corero Network Security which found that over 44% of UK companies did not have any formal plans in the event of a DDoS attack.
As we post this article the websites of casinos owned by Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. have gone down. According to reports players trying to access the home page of the Venetian casino and Palazzo casino in Las Vegas are experiencing error messages.
Other websites owned by the Sands in Macau were also reportedly down. As of now there was no response from Las Vegas Sands spokesman Ron Reese as to the cause of this mysterious shutdown. While we are not suggesting that the cause of this blackout is a DDoS attack, this is exactly the type of scenario that those launching such cyber-attacks hope to achieve. In casinos that process millions of dollars a day, a shutdown of a couple of hours can have serious financial consequences.
Even more damaging is the long term affect as punters are wary of handing over their credit card information to an online system that is compromised by cyber pirates. We wait with interest to find out the cause of this disruption of service.