Hotel & Entertainment Giant MGM Experiences Widespread Outages Following Cyberattack
We know it’s a ransomware attack and the attackers misrepresented an employee account to gain access. Is it likely Microsoft Active Directory was involved? … YES! Room keys, digital slots, ATMs are rendered inoperable after the attack. There are 31 resorts hemorrhaging millions if not billions in lost revenue every day!
It’s not just the potential revenue from customers that will hurt either. The problem gets compounded when you consider the ~70,000 employees may not be able to access their PCs and “do work”. If we take 70K multiplied by an average salary of $75K and divide by 240 working days = MGM loses over $21M a day in lost employee wages.
This also doesn’t consider the impact on suppliers and small business owners and the ripple affect this has for months.
If the slot machines, room keys, reward programs, vending machines, employee PCs and productivity tools are Active Directory (AD) enabled and AD gets compromised during a cyberattack, the attackers have all the leverage! They own the systems and you’re beholden to them while you lose double and triple digit millions every day it’s down.
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