MGM Hack Exposes Data of 10 Million, Including Government Officials

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Personal data for more than 10 million guests of MGM Resorts surfaced on a hacking forum Feb. 17, although it appears that no financial information was exposed.

In a statement, the hotelier confirmed a July 2019 incident involving unauthorized access to a cloud server containing customer names, birthdays, and contact information. Among others, the breach reportedly compromised the data of military personnel, individuals with ties to government agencies including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, and high-profile personalities such as pop star Justin Bieber.

MGM Resorts responded to the intrusion by enlisting the help of two cybersecurity forensics companies to spearhead an internal investigation and plan steps for remediation. It says it has “strengthened and enhanced” its network security to avoid future hacks.


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