Due to Cyberattack Shuts Down MGM Casino Ah, Las Vegas—the city where dreams come true, or at least where you pretend they have until you see your credit card statement. Imagine a place where the stakes are high, and the steaks are…also high because, let’s face it, those buffets aren’t cheap. But what happens when one of Sin City’s most iconic playgrounds experiences the digital equivalent of a hiccup? Spoiler alert: chaos ensues, and we’re not talking about the magician’s act on the Strip.
When The Chips Are Down
MGM Casino, the adult Disneyland but with fewer mice and more dice, faced an unexpected challenge this week. Nope, it wasn’t an Ocean’s 11-style heist. It was a cyberattack, essentially the modern-day equivalent of a pickpocket but with a fancier name.
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For those of you who didn’t sleep through your computer science classes as I did, a cyberattack is when hackers infiltrate a computer system for a variety of nefarious purposes. In MGM’s case, the MGM Casino internal network was compromised, shutting down their operations faster than you can say “Double down!” Imagine going to play your favorite slot machine only to see the blue screen of death. It’s a sad trombone sound.
Gamblers were barred from losing money for a couple of hours, causing what we can only describe as reverse buyer’s remorse. While IT guys scrambled around like a cat on a hot tin roof, the kitchen staff took the opportunity to start a betting pool on how long it would take to restore the system. Even the housekeepers paused to chuckle, holding feather dusters like victory scepters.
Security at MGM is generally tighter than my Aunt Geraldine’s corset at Thanksgiving dinner. However, no system is perfect. Remember, the Titanic was supposed to be unsinkable, and we all know how that turned out. They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but let’s hope the MGM Casino cybersecurity strategy takes a little field trip to Silicon Valley for a tune-up.
So, the next time you’re sipping your complimentary watered-down cocktail at the casino, spare a thought for the invisible digital walls that keep the fun flowing. Or don’t, and keep trying to hit that jackpot. After all, the house always wins—except, of course, when it really, really doesn’t.
In a world where even the almighty MGM Casinocan be brought to its knees by a few lines of code, maybe we should all stick to Go Fish. Just a thought.
So, who’s up for a round of virtual blackjack? Anyone? No? Alright, fine. I guess I’ll just go charge my phone for the impending robot apocalypse.