Data Breach Landry Casinos and Properties
Casino patrons at the Golden Nugget Casino and other Landry properties may have lost money and not to the slots or table games. That’s because of a data breach, targeting visitors using their credit cards during a certain time period. News 25’s Gina Tomlinson has the latest.
Ashanti Mortin would consider herself a regular at the Golden Nugget Casino. “I come just about every week,” she said.
Thankfully, she is not one of the unluckier customers who may have had their credit card information stolen in the Biloxi company’s data breach. Confirmed today by the owner of Landry, hundreds of affiliated locations were hit, including venues like Bubba Gump Shrimp and Saltgrass Steak.
“Most people use their credit card for day to day living, just to pay bills and if someone hacked in and got all my money, I wouldn’t be able to pay my bills or live or take care of my kids. I mean, that’s horrible. Honestly, I don’t know. I might lose my mind, I don’t know what I would do,” said Mortin.
Investigators say criminal attackers were able to extract personal information off the magnetic strip of a credit card, a job Gulf Coast computer experts say couldn’t have been that easy. “They spend millions of dollars on security. This is one of the areas that should have been protected. How they got in, these guys are good,” said Harold Neiper, owner of Coast Computers.
Good with using malicious computer software the investigation revealed as malware. The computer specialists told News 25 they suspect the hackers may have been in the casino when they did it. “If you’re actually on the site, it’s a lot easier to obtain access, even if it’s physical access,” said owner of Happy Computers Bill Chaorba.
Remember to check your credit card information if you were at any of Landry’s venues between May 2014 and last December.