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Alberta casino hacked, customer info stolen

The River Cree casino near Edmonton reports that it was the target of a cyber attack that resulted in the theft of customer and employee information.


March 18, 2016
By Canadian Security

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Officials for the River Cree casino say no information from the casino floor was compromised.

River Cree president Robert Morin, in a written statement, said the attack occurred Mar. 14.

“We wanted to alert anyone potentially affected quickly and directly. We are in the process of contacting those patrons and employees whose information may have been compromised, and will provide them with recommended steps they can now take to protect themselves,” he said.

Morin said the incident did not include theft of information from the casino floor.

The casino has set up a hotline for patrons with questions about the cyber breach.

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In a CBC News story posted Mar. 17, Vik Mahajan, general manager and chief operating officer of the casino, said, “It seems like a pretty sophisticated attack.” Mahajan said the casino has no idea yet how many people may have lost personal information.

The River Cree Resort and Casino is located on the Enoch Cree First Nation, just west of Edmonton.