Olympia Gaming Casinos Targeted in Sweeping Cyberattack: Safety Measures Implemented


The virtual shadows of the gaming world have extended their reach into Olympia Gaming’s nevada properties. The two oasis of entertainment based in northern Nevada – Casino Fandango in Carson City and Legends Bay Casino in Sparks, have reportedly been victims of a chilling cyberattack this week; a stark reminder of the digital era’s vulnerability.

Coming to light last Wednesday, the plot thickens around the mysterious ordeal with scarce initial details being available. However, one thing is certain — the pernicious culprit had its sights setting on Olympia Gaming’s sprawling properties, the Carson City Casino Fandango, a paradise for gamblers, crowned with over 700 slot machines, an extravagant high limit room, ten varied table games and a comprehensive sportsbook screening the best of adrenaline-filled mind games, and Sparks’ Legends Bay Casino, scaling similar heights with scores of slot and video poker machines, ten games-filled tables and a Circa Sports sportsbook.

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This digital snake did not slip in without causing a stir. Events trickled down at Legends Bay, including a line-dancing event at the popular Bandwagon on Wednesday night, that was put on hold. The masterminds behind Olympia Gaming, however, were quick on their feet. Realizing the gravity of the situation, they enlisted the expertise of a national cybersecurity consultant to delve into the cryptic world of the attack and to bolster their online systems.

Hopefully, through their swift action, Olympia Gaming aims to restore the energy and fun encapsulated within its properties in no time. Their primary focus remains the safety and well-being of their esteemed guests and dedicated employees, they’ve stated, giving little away about whether the hack had breached the security cocoon of their customers’ confidential information.

There is still uncertainty hovering over the identity of the hacking group, whether it’s a known miscreant yet remains a mystery. Both Olympia Gaming properties, originating from the heart of Las Vegas under the aegis of Olympia Companies since 2005, have seemingly become the new hunting grounds for these digital predators.

In an eerie reminder of the cybercriminal underworld, other gaming properties have had their fair share of losses too. In April this year, the Swinomish Casino and Lodge in Washington State made its comeback after a cyber-induced three-week closure. Last September, the reputations of MGM Resorts International were tainted by a week-long data system crash emanating from a hack by Scattered Spider. Although MGM refused to bend the knee to the hackers, it paid a hefty price, with a $100M dent to its third-quarter earnings and additional expenses of $10M. Scattered Spider didn’t stop there, as it went ahead to siphon off millions from Caesars Entertainment.

Adding to the grim pattern was the incident at Rivers Casino Des Plaines in Illinois in mid-August. Here, cyber thieves made away with patrons’ and employees’ personal data, including names, contact details, and even driver’s license and government ID numbers. The ordeal leaves one wondering — will financial information be the next target?

The recent turn of events shine a harsh light on cybersecurity in the gaming industry, reminding us that even areas created for leisure cannot escape the clasp of virtual criminals. The story, however, is far from over, and it’s hoped that the efforts of Olympia Gaming and cyber investigators will unearth the villain of this saga sooner rather than later.