Tesuque Pueblo casino in New Mexico closed after cyber attack

A small casino in New Mexico has become the latest victim of a cyberattack and will remain closed for an undisclosed period while casino executives and security experts work to determine the extent of potential damage.

Impact unknown

The Tesuque Pueblo Tribe reported that their Tesuque Pueblo casino in Santa Fe was attacked on September 25 and will be closed for now. The tribe did not provide details in a press release on the extent to which the casino's computer systems were affected by the cyberattack, but outlined the steps needed to repair the damage.

"Thanks to our operational team and external IT specialists, we were able to localise and fix the problem as quickly as possible." - Mark Mitchell, Governor, Pueblo Tesuque

According to the press release, the casino has isolated all affected systems and taken action to resolve the issues, and has launched an investigation into the incident to help further strengthen its defences and avoid any similar cyber-attacks in the future.

The relatively small Tesuque Pueblo Casino, near the Santa Fe Opera, which opened in November 2018 and replaced the 23-year-old Camel Rock Casino, is a vital part of the local economy, employing 275 people and local subcontractors.

The casino floor offers players just over 800 slot machines and 10 table games, while Cottonwood Kitchen restaurant with show kitchen, patio seating for 75 and a bar lounge overlooking the casino floor offers dining.

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Cyberattacks on the rise

The New Mexico tribe has become the latest victim of cyber malicious activity, which has increased in the past year and has affected not only gambling but many other sectors of the economy as well.

In June, the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin was forced to close its Menominee Casino after a cyberattack on its computers, while its leaders worked with the FBI and forensics and cybersecurity experts to determine the extent of the damage.

Also on June 6, Lucky Star casinos in Concho, Clinton, Canton, and Watonga, Oklahoma were attacked by ransomware, and their IT network was shut down while their owner, the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes in Oklahoma City, and federal law enforcement agencies, reported utansvensklicens.casino. , worked closely together to solve the problem. The tribe gave no details on whether a ransom was demanded.

The surge in cybercriminal activity prompted the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) to meet in July and issue a warning to the industry, urging casinos to take precautions to avoid such incidents.

Leading global casino currency and table games equipment provider Gaming Partners International (GPI) was the victim of a REvil hacker group that managed to steal a significant amount of sensitive data from the equipment provider's servers, while SBTech, the technology provider acquired by DraftKings , shut down all its servers following a cyber attack last March, but before the deal closed.

Cyberattacks pose no less of a threat to other sectors of the economy and public life, with two Indiana hospitals, Schneck Medical Center and Johnson Memorial Health, among the latest victims.