Sands Casino Struggles to Recapture Website

Sands Casino's email and websites were hacked on Monday, and they're still down four days later. Sites in the U.S. and Asia, including Venetian Las Vegas and Palazzo, were affected by the invasion, which the FBI and Secret Service are investigating. 

In place of the company websites, hackers posted employees' names, email addresses, and social security numbers; however, officials say that no customer information was compromised. The hacking may be in response to Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson's support of Israel. One posted image shows Adelson pictured with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu-and flames instead of hotel pictures around the world.

Sands' Hacked Website

In a statement, a Sands spokesperson said, "While we have been able to confirm that certain core operating systems were not impacted by the hacking, the company remains focused on working through a step-by-step process to ascertain what, if any, additional systems may have been impacted."

In the meantime, the company has this image posted on its home page:

Sands' Hacked Website2

Image source.

Discussion Starters:

  • Assess Sands' communications: how well is the company keeping people informed in its statement , on its website, and through other communications you find online?
  • What could account for the long time the website has been under someone else's control? How does this happen to an organization?