Everi’s NY VLT system suffers cyberattack

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The New York State Gaming Commission has confirmed reports that its portfolio of slot machines across the state had experienced a cyber attack. 

This confirmed reports by the New York Post, which claimed that the attack was also connected to two hospitals that also suffered breaches in security. 

Everi is the provider of video lottery terminal games across New York and the attack even forced one casino – Jake 58 Casino in Suffolk County – to close for a number of days. 

“On Tuesday, October 17, 2023, Everi, the licensed operator of New York’s video lottery gaming central system, experienced a cybersecurity event that remains under investigation,” Gaming Commission spokesman Brad Maione told the NYP.

“The Commission has no indication that personal identifiable information was compromised. The Commission continues to monitor the situation.”

Meanwhile, other casinos across the state were impacted too, though they were not forced to close down. The Saratoga Casino stated that it had been impacted by the attack but it had not been forced to close for more than a few hours. 

Cybersecurity amongst casino operators has been a big story in the last few weeks, following the high-profile compromises reported by both MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment

Whilst the case in New York appears to be much milder than the other cases, little is still known about the attack and it is still under investigation. 

MGM and Caesars both reported that sensitive customer data had been compromised in their cyberattacks which were conducted to extort a ransom payment from the operators. 

Currently, five lawsuits have been filed in relation to the two casino giants’ cybersecurity issues.