Ten days ago, Cache Creek Casino announced its temporary closure due to a “widespread outage.” But what was first thought to be just an innocent systems error has turned out to be a malicious assault.
On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the California casino revealed that the problem has been traced to an “external attack” on their computer network. As per statement from Cache Creek:
“The privacy of our guests and employees is our highest priority and we want to make certain they have some peace-of-mind. We are working closely with independent experts who regularly investigate incidents of this type to determine any risks to data security. Attacks like these are significant and can take weeks to research thoroughly.
The incident has been labeled as a major cyberattack after it was determined that the ransomware attack not only affected the casino’s business operations but it possibly compromised the electronic information of the California casino’s employees and patrons.
Although investigation is still on-going, the casino spokesperson said that if it is determined that personal information of the resort’s employees and guests was exposed, they will notify the affected individuals in writing.
Meanwhile, Cache Creek Casino Resort will remain closed while its technicians strengthen its infrastructure and restore all operations. The Yocha Dehe Golf Club is unaffected by the situation and remains open. The Cache Creek mini mart is also open but only for cash transactions and no fuel is currently available.
Not The First Time
The closure isn’t the first time for California casino. Earlier this year, the Cache Creek was closed for about two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The casino reopened last June 6th but under restrictive requirements for both staff and guests. Employees were paid during the two month closure and they still are during the current stoppage of operations.
Temperature checks, and cleaning protocols were put in place. Social distancing was implemented to minimize the chance of infection and this included increased distance between gaming tables and slot machines.
Cache Creek Casino is one of Northern California’s largest casino resort destinations. It is located in the town of Brooks and is owned and operated by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. The casino had been working on an expansion before the COVID-19 outbreak and was undergoing renovations in response to the pandemic.