In a major cyberattack, MGM Resorts, which owns 12 iconic Las Vegas casino hotels including the Bellagio and Mandalay Bay, fell victim to ransomware. The attack, claimed by the ALPHV/BlackCat ransomware group, disrupted operations for more than 60 hours, causing check-in delays and affecting various services like digital payments, slot machines, and ATMs. It was executed by identifying an MGM IT support employee on LinkedIn, highlighting the impact of social engineering. Cybersecurity experts consider ALPHV a credible threat actor, with a history of global compromises. The breach’s full extent and the ransom amount remain undisclosed, but the incident may have long-term reputational consequences for MGM.

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