MGM Resorts isn’t a newcomer when it comes to being the victim of cyber-crime. In 2020 the conglomerate suffered a security breach that impacted guest data, financial information, technical infrastructures, and more. Now, three years later the entertainment and resort giant were targeted again.
The actual form of cyberattack MGM suffered has not been disclosed. However, we do know the US computer systems are shut down until further notice. Although, that doesn’t mean the company, and the businesses under it aren’t operating. MGM representatives have confirmed guests can still access their rooms, reservations are being taken via telephone instead of online, and all entertainment is still fully operational – casinos included.
The full extent of the attack likely won’t be known for some time. Yet, if any information was compromised, the organization will be required to disclose that to each individual. Unfortunately, this opens the door for scams.
How Does This Impact You?
First, if you are concerned about your information possibly being exposed due to a stay at an MGM resort, or because of personal and/or financial information shared through one of their entertainment platforms, you can proactively monitor any credentials you used during that process. Additionally, change passwords that may have been used as well. Also, always monitor your credit cards and bank statements for any unauthorized purchases.
Unfortunately, after a major cyber-attack like this, scammers begin crawling out of the woodwork, hoping to catch people during moments of panic. If your information is compromised, MGM will contact you. They will not, however, call or text you, nor will they email you with a bizarre attachment or strange link. If you receive something that appears suspicious, don’t engage. Flag it as spam and delete.
Cyber criminals are do not discriminate. Whether it’s a major conglomerate like MGM Resorts, a small business located on Main Street, or a high schooler. All they want is a way to turn a quick profit. Whether it’s a scam, ransomware, or security breach, they’ll worm their way in where they can.
- Invest in a sound cyber security solution that will keep the data stored on your devices secure.
- Be selective with what information you share, and with whom.
- With the growing frequency and severity of cyber-crime, it may be wise to consider identity theft protection.
- Change your passwords every quarter.