The Las Vegas Sands websites were restored Monday morning, exactly one week after the company took the websites offline due to a cyber attack.
An unknown group, who identified themselves as the “WMD Team” hacked into the company’s computer infrastructure.
They exposed sensitive employee information including employee job titles and social security numbers, which were posted on a company website. Company email was also affected and hackers reportedly had the ability to remotely access employees computers.
A message sprawled across company computer screens left little doubt that Sheldon Adelson was the target.
The message, “damn A, don’t let your tongue cut your throat. Encouraging the use of weapons of mass destruction, under any conditions, is a crime.,” also featured a photo of Adelson with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The “weapons of mass destruction” comment referred to comments Adelson made at Yeshiva University in New York stating his views on how the nuclear weapons situation in Tehran should be dealt with.
The outspoken casino mogul and billionaire advocated taking a very strong stance against Tehran which included firing missiles in a non populated area, and if Tehran did not stop developing nuclear weapons, the next bomb would be set off “in the middle of Tehran”.
After Adelson and his wife Dr. Miriam Sheldon received the prestigious Woodrow Wilson award for Corporate Citizenship in 2008, he said,
Miriam and I believe strongly that we have an obligation and responsibility to use our skills, insights and knowledge as professionals, and our financial resources as private citizens, to break down barriers, challenge the status quo, and work tirelessly to help leave this world a better place for future generations
The investigation into the Sands security breach continues and numerous agencies including the FBI, Secret Service and Gaming Control Board are involved in the continuing investigation.