- Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts disclose separate cyberattacks.
- Caesars reportedly pays “tens of millions” to prevent data release.
- MGM still investigating the extent of the cybersecurity issue.
- UNC3944 hacker group claims responsibility for the attacks.
- Both companies work to secure their systems against future threats.
“We are still investigating the extent of any additional personal or otherwise sensitive information contained in the files acquired by the unauthorized actor” Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International disclosed in separate regulatory filings this week that they have both been hit by recent cyberattacks, with the former reportedly paying a ransom of “tens of millions of dollars” to ensure hackers deleted data they seized from their Caesars Rewards members.
Meanwhile, Reuters reported Thursday that the group responsible for attacks on both companies — UNC3944, aka Scattered Spider — said it did not plan to make the data it seized public but did not say whether or not it had demanded a ransom for the data to be deleted.
As of Friday afternoon, it appeared that Caesars had satisfied the hackers’ demands and were now in the process of hardening their systems against future cyberattacks. But MGM, which owns half of BetMGM, said its investigation was ongoing, indicating that it was still trying to navigate through the crisis.