Hackers briefly targeted casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands company website in an apparent politically motivated attack directed at Adelson’s pro-Israel views.
“Encouraging the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction, UNDER ANY CONDITION, is a Crime,” one message read. Another read “**bleep** A, Don’t let your tongue cut your throat.” The message was signed by the “Anti WMD Team.”
The message appears to be directed at Adelson’s statements about Iran at Yeshiva University in October. During a panel discussion on Iran, Adelson suggested that the U.S. should use nuclear weapons on unpopulated areas of Iran to send a message to its leaders.
A Las Vegas Sands company spokesman told the Associated Press that the company is working with law enforcement and assessing the damage of the hacker attack.
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IT administrators at the Las Vegas Sands casino are having a tough time restoring their systems after hackers successfully got inside the corporation's firewall, but it appears that the most valuable sections of the network are safe, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
Board chairman A.G. Burnett told Associated Press that the credit card database of customers at the world's largest gambling chain is secure, and that the integrity of the gambling systems run by the chain hasn't been breached, so no Ocean's 11–style antics are expected.
Hopefully this will prove to be the case when the investigations are finished.
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