Breach Brief – MGM Resorts

Published On February 20, 2020 | By Tom Huskerson | Breach Briefs, News and Analysis

Have you stayed at an MGM Resorts hotel lately? Well it appears you may have lost something more than just money. You may be one of 10.6 million customers caught up in the latest massive data breach.

The personal information of more than 10.6 million MGM guests were discovered posted on a hacking forum. According to ZDNet it has confirmed the data’s authenticity. ZDNet said the data stash contains guest’s full names, home addresses, phone numbers, emails and dates of birth. Names among the information include tech CEOs, celebrities, government officials, reporters and possibly yours.

MGM Resorts said in statement that it had already notified affected customers about the breach last year. The company has also commissioned two cybersecurity forensics firms to investigate the incident. The firms were not named. When the breach occurred and during what time frame is still not clear.

However, MGM Resorts management team told the publication that it was able to trace the leaked data back to a security breach that took place last year. According to MGM last summer it discovered an unauthorized entry to a cloud server that housed some information for “certain previous guests” to its hotels.

A company spokesperson emphasized that the MGM is confident “no financial, payment card or password data was involved in this matter.” Under the Breach, a breach monitoring company, told ZDNet the leaked information is enough to make guests vulnerable to spear phishing attacks and SIM-swapping schemes. Details from the breach have been added to the Have I Been Pwned database, and you can register there for a notification of whether your email address is among those included.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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