Wisconsin-based Menominee Casino Resort remains closed after cyber attack

Wisconsin-based Menominee Casino Resort remains closed after cyber attack

The Menominee Casino Resort, an all-in-one destination for hospitality and gambling enthusiasts in Wisconsin, remains temporarily closed as an investigation into a devastating cyber attack that it suffered last Friday is still going on.

The popular gaming property confirmed that its system was attacked by anonymous cyber criminals or hackers, who somehow succeeded in breaching some customer data. However, the operator claimed that the hackers could not steal sensitive data.

Daniel Hanson, general manager of the casino, revealed on the gaming property’s official Facebook page that their officials were working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) cybersecurity officials and forensic experts in order to reach the roots of the criminal act as well as to assess the impact of the attack.

Hanson revealed that the cyber attack was first noticed by an IT worker, who shut the system immediately down. Later, a team of computer experts confirmed the cyber attack and contacted law enforcement. 

Hanson explained that an IT worker noticed an issue in the computer system Thursday night and shut it down. The casino brought in computer engineers who confirmed the cyberattack and contacted law enforcement. However, he stressed that it was an external attempted attack on the casino’s computer systems, but he also stressed that he didn’t believe that any secure information had been compromised.

Speaking on the topic, Hanson said, “The tracking they have been able to do indicate that nothing was taken. Also, the short amount of time they were in the system, they don’t believe they had enough time to get anything out.”

American companies, including casino operators, have suffered a number of high-profile cyber attacks in the recent past. The biggest of those attacks occurred in the month of in May, when the systems of American oil network Colonial Pipeline was breached by some cyber criminals. The oil giant reportedly had to pay $4.4 million to the hackers to regain control of its systems. The hackers were allegedly operating from Russia.

Casinos have long been a target for ransomware hackers, particularly during peak traffic. That is due to the relative ease of knocking a website offline with a distributed denial of service (DDOS) during a major sports event, when a large number of people place bets.

Former Cisco CEO John Chambers recently warned that ransomware attacks will rise in the coming months, and thousands of more companies could be attacked by cyber criminals in the near future.