Websites for the Las Vegas Sands Corp. remained down for the sixth straight day after being hacked.
Email functionality was affected on Monday, and Company officials took the websites down Tuesday morning after a serious security breach,
It has been confirmed that employee information at their Pennsylvania property was comprised.
Employee social security information and job titles of employees at the Pennsylvania property were posted on company websites as well as the ability to remotely access computers.
It has also been reported that email abilities have been affected within the US, although a representative of the Sands has said that their core systems remain unaffected.
Las Vegas Sands spokesman Ron Reese, in a written statement said,
The company remains focused on working through a step-by-step process to ascertain what, if any, additional systems may have impacted. The company continues to assist local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in the investigation into the hacking activity.
It is the first known breach of such a magnitude to occur in a US Casino and it appears that Las Vegas Sands CEO Shelton Adelson was specifically targeted based on a message posted on the same website that the employee information was posted on.
The full message said,
Damn A, don’t let your tongue cut your throat. Encouraging the use of weapons of mass destruction, under any conditions, is a crime.
The message was signed by the Anti WMD team and featured a photograph of Adelson with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The message very likely refers to statements that Adelson made in October at Yeshiva University in New York suggesting that the United States should just wipe out Tehran if they do not back down from their stance on nuclear weapons.
Adelson suggested firing a missile first into a non-populated area as a warning. If Tehran still didn’t back down from their stance on nuclear weapons, then Adelson recommended much stronger actions.
Here is part of the exchange between Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Sheldon Adelson at Yeshiva University,
Boteach: So you would support negotiations with Iran so long as they first cease all enrichment?
Adelson: No. What do you mean support negotiations? What are we going to negotiate about? What I would say is, ‘Listen, you see that desert out there, I want to show you something.’ You pick up your cell phone, even at traveling rates. You pick up your cell phone, and– what are they called?
Boteach: roaming charges.
Adelson: Roaming charges. You pick up your cell phone and you call somewhere in Nebraska and you say, ‘OK let it go.’ So there’s an atomic weapon, goes over ballistic missiles, the middle of the desert, that doesn’t hurt a soul. Maybe a couple of rattlesnakes, and scorpions, or whatever.
And then you say: See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So we mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development. You want to be peaceful? Just reverse it all, and we will guarantee you that you can have a nuclear power plant for electricity purposes, energy purposes
The Las Vegas Sands Corporation operates a number of domestic and international gaming properties including the Venetian and the Palazzo properties in Las Vegas, Casino Bethlehem in Pennsylvania as well as international properties in Macau.
Visitors to the websites are greeted with a message that the website they are visiting is undergoing maintenance.
A team of authorities including the FBI, the Secret Service and Gaming Control Board are involved in the hacking investigation.
It is not known when the websites will be placed back in operation.