Hacking Group Scattered Spider Reportedly Targeted MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment
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Sources say the hacking group Scattered Spider or UNC 3944 brought down the systems of the $14 billion gaming giant MGM Resorts International this week, as US law enforcement begins investigating the incident.
Several MGM systems remained paralyzed for a third straight day after it said on Monday it had shut some of them to contain a "cybersecurity issue. Moody's rating agency warned the breach could negatively impact MGM's credit rating.
Separately, sources say Caesars Entertainment paid tens of millions of dollars to Scattered Spider, who broke into the company’s systems recently and threatened to release the company’s data. Sources say the hackers began targeting Caesars as early as August 27. Caesars is expected to disclose the cyberattack in a regulatory filing.
Members of the hacking group are believed to be young adults, s…
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