On Feb. 19, media reports revealed that a data breach that infiltrated MGM Resorts’ cloud server last summer left the personal information of more than 10 million guests compromised. The approximate number of guests affected were 10,683,188, according to ZDNet.
“Last summer, we discovered unauthorized access to a cloud server that contained a limited amount of information for certain previous guests of MGM Resorts,” company officials of MGM said. “We are confident that no financial, payment card or password data was involved in this matter.”
According to LifeLock, an Arizona-based identity theft protection company, advised that the personal information that was leaked in the breach included names, birth dates, home addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license, passport information, and email addresses.
While the breach touched a significant amount of MGM International’s guests, luckily, no guest information from MGM’s Atlantic City property, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, was accessed, according to a spokeswoman for Borgata.
Since the breach, MGM has stated that they’ve “strengthened and enhanced the security of our network to prevent this from happening again.”
5 Steps to Take for Affected Guests
For guests who were affected by the breach, an article by CNBC offered five useful security measures for them to take:
Change your passwords
According to PCI Pal, 47% of Americans use the same passwords frequently, which is especially troublesome in the event of a data breach. Utilizing a program managers like LastPass can allow those affected to create unique passwords for separate accounts, while easily keeping them managed.
Set up credit monitoring
Monitoring your credit will allow you to spot any discrepancies in a timely manner, and provide a comprehensive look into your credit history and activity.
Practice good cybersecurity habits
Email is an easy way for hackers to gain access to credit card information or someone’s identity. Hackers set up “phishing” emails that include links designed to get people to click on them. Once someone clicks on them, it allows the hacker access to critical points of their online life.
Keep a record of your response
Consumers who received a breach notification should keep that notification stored away somewhere safely. Should that breach result in a settlement, it will be helpful to have the notification on hand.
The best response in the case of a data breach is to remain watchful over your accounts and personal information. Some static pieces of information, like social security numbers or home addresses, may be used by hackers at a later time.
About Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa first opened its doors in Atlantic City in 2003, igniting the city’s revival as the first new hotel property that, at the time, opened in 13 years. It includes 2,000 chic rooms and is located at Renaissance Pointe. From their official website:
At Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, guests can enjoy luxurious hotel accommodations, an expansive selection of casino & poker games, world class restaurants from Iron Chefs Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, and Michael Schulson, thrilling entertainment and nightlife, an award-winning spa and more. Borgata strives to present guests with the best hotel and casino experience in Atlantic City, NJ.
About MGM Resorts
MGM Resorts International is a publicly traded, American global hospitality and entertainment company. Its portfolio includes 30 unique hotel destinations through the US and China. MGM Resorts features “best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings.”