The Casino Rama Resort in Ontario, Canada has been hit by a cyber attack and the perpetrator got away with past and present customer, employee and vendor information. The hacker has not been identified yet but management said that there is no evidence that the hacker is still inside the computer systems. The casino and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) are working with federal and provincial police as well as cyber security experts as the breach is investigated. Management said there is a possibility the sensitive information could be published on the internet.
John Drake, President and CEO, Casino Rama Resort said in a statement, “Data security is a top priority for Casino Rama Resort, and we take our responsibility to protect our customers’, employees’ and vendors’ personal information very seriously.”
According to the statement the hacker claims to have accessed information including Casino Rama Resort IT information, patron credit inquiries, security incident reports, Casino Rama Resort email, financial reports for the hotel and casino, collection and debt information, vendor information and contracts and employee information that included performance reviews, payroll data, terminations, social insurance numbers and dates of birth. Employee information breached was from 2004 to 2016 and other information compromised dates back to 2007, according to the hacker.
The casino, owned by and located on the Rama First Nation in Orillia, Ontario near Lake Simcoe, sees about 3 million visitors each year. The OLG licenses a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming Inc to run operations there. Casino Rama brought in over one-third of all gaming revenue in the province in fiscal year 2015 at C$348.3 million ($259.3 million) according to an OLG spokesperson quoted by Reuters Thursday.
According to the World Casino Directory, Casino Rama Resort has 2,500 gaming machines, 110 gaming tables, and 12 poker tables. Entertainment venues include several lounges and a 5,000 seat entertainment center. There are 8 restaurants and an express food service as well as a 300 key hotel.