On April 16, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, a gaming and entertainment operator based in Burnaby, British Columbia, had to halt Casino Rama and other Ontario casinos due to a cyber attack.
Furthermore, the company has indeed confirmed that it “was a victim of a cyber attack.”
Attempt to restore the IT systems:
In a short statement from the company on Monday night, it said: “Casino Rama and other Gateway gaming sites will remain closed in the coming days as the company attempts to restore its IT systems.
“Over the weekend, we detected a cyber security incident and closed our operations in Ontario.
“We have retained third-party cyber professionals who are working 24/7 to help us restore the IT environment.”
Breach of personal data:
As for a personal data breach, it is still unclear if one has occurred, according to the company officials.
According to the release from the company: “Our upmost concern is the protection of personal data and information.
“At this point, we do not have any information indicating that this incident involves any compromise of personal data. However, we are in the process of notifying the relevant privacy officials and gaming regulator of the incident.
“We appreciate the continued patience of our employees, customers and government partners as we work to reopen our properties in Ontario, and will continue to provide further updates to the public regarding our reopening.”
Unionized employees at the Casino Rama are worried that the breach will affect them:
“The union is concerned about the breach,” according to an internal memo acquired by OrilliaMatters from Unifor Local 1090, which represents unionized employees at Casino Rama.
The memo states: “It is the union’s position that Gateway take appropriate action to protect our members from any potential impact from this breach whether information has been taken or not.”
However, the company “will continue to cancel shifts on a shift-by-shift basis until their systems are back up.”
Headquartered in Orillia, Ontario, Casino Rama is a First Nations resort casino and premier gaming and entertainment destination. It was founded and officially launched in 1996 and operated 24/7 all the time till they were required to close throughout the province’s pandemic shutdown in 2020.
Gateway is one of the biggest, most innovative and unique gaming and entertainment firms in the all of Canada. It has 29 gaming establishments in British Columbia and Ontario and 2 extra in Edmonton, Alberta.
The company was founded and officially launched in 1992 and is owned by Catalyst Capital Group Inc..