The familiar sound of slot machines in Las Vegas has been quieted over the last few days.
MGM Resorts International is experiencing a major IT event that has affected multiple properties nationwide including the MGM Grand and Bellagio among others.
According to the company, the issue is a result of an undisclosed cybersecurity issue and the FBI has been brought in to investigate.
— MGM Resorts (@MGMResortsIntl) September 11, 2023
The outage led to the company shutting down major systems nationwide affecting games as well as booking systems for the company’s hotels.
Visitors are reporting that the slot machines have been shut down at multiple locations.
ATM machines are not dispensing cash and customers are reporting not being able to use charge cards.
The company website is not taking reservations and is listing phone numbers to book rooms at its properties.
MGM Grand International has locations in seven states in the US and owns some of the most recognizable casinos in Las Vegas including the MGM Grand, The Bellagio, The Luxor, Excalibur, Mandalay Bay, and Aria.
The number of cyber attacks on companies has skyrocketed with no sign of a solution and attacks continue to be more sophisticated every day.
Companies were subjected to 3.4 Billion phishing attacks in 2022 alone, with over 300,000 successful attacks reported each costing companies millions of dollars.
It is estimated that cyber attacks could inflict damages as high as $8 Trillion in 2023 alone.
And with the MGM cyber-attack continuing it is unclear how serious the attack will be, and how long it will continue to affect the company.