The cybersecurity breach that MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas suffered through last month was a bad one. So bad that it took most operations offline at multiple casino/hotel locations throughout the city. Leaving long lines of guests trying to check in as staff scurried around trying to do things manually. Even slot machines and other network-dependent gambling machines were out of order.
At the time, it was difficult to determine how far the cyber attack reached since the company hadn’t disclosed much outside of the fact that it was working with the FBI to investigate the matter. But the true extent of the damages was revealed when Bill Hornbuckle (MGM Resorts International CEO) shared the details with the world yesterday.
The total cost of the damages related to the attack was said to total $100 million, and as feared, customer information was involved. The CEO shared that although payment information was not breached, plenty of other sensitive information was. Including names, contact information, social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, passport information, and more.
Specifically, it was anyone who had done business with the company prior to March 2019, which seems like a pretty huge stretch of time. The company is offering credit monitoring and identity protection services for those affected by the breach.
This was just one of many major breaches/attacks that the world has suffered through this year. And it shows how quickly something like that can nearly bring an entire corporation to a grinding halt. Costing it millions in damages.