The Nevada Gaming Control Board has been the target of a cyberattack, resulting in the shutdown of its website for several days. The attack also affected the website of the Nevada Gaming Commission. Despite the breach, essential information such as meeting agendas, gaming regulations, and contact details, among others, is safe, as gaming license details and financial records are stored on a separate internal state agency system.
In response to the incident, the Nevada Gaming Control Board took immediate action by shutting down the website and initiating measures to safeguard it. The board also announced that they are working with cybersecurity experts to assess the situation and are preparing to launch a temporary website for access to information while the original site is down.
It is important to note that the cyberattack only targeted the gaming control board’s website and had no impact on other state agencies, which are operating as usual. This latest attack comes after high-profile attacks on major casino operators in Nevada last September, resulting in financial losses and reputational damage. In fact, customers of Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International have initiated class-action lawsuits against the casino companies for neglecting to safeguard customer data during the attacks.
In response to the growing cyber threats, Nevada lawmakers approved funds to upgrade the Gaming Control Board’s information technology system, which plays a crucial role in running board functions. The upgrade, which aims to replace the outdated system from the 1980s, is necessary to ensure the security and efficiency of the board’s operations.
As investigations into the cyberattack continue, stakeholders are hopeful that actions will be taken to strengthen the cybersecurity framework, protecting essential state operations from potential disruptions in the future.