back to article Iran hacks America where it hurts: Las Vegas casinos

US director of National Intelligence James Clapper has accused Iran of orchestrating a 2014 hack of the Las Vegas Sands casino. The attack crippled the magnificent cultural institution's IT infrastructure. Clapper told a US Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday (US time) that the hack of the US$14 billion casino was the …

  1. Bob Dole (tm)

    "The gambling giant said at the time that punters' credit card details were safe."

    Now that's funny.

    I've been to vegas twice. Within a month of both visits I had to replace the cards I used there because the numbers / details had been stolen. Only used them for the rooms and restaurants. "Safe" is one word I wouldn't use to describe the situation.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      That's odd. I've been there dozens of times, staying at casinos as well as my girlfriend's place when she lived out there. Bought stuff with my card on the strip, at local joints, regular places like grocery stores and coffee shops, the high end malls, the outlet malls, even a Walmart. Never had my credit card number stolen.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        You obviously aren't a good enough customer.

        I would be insulted - it's like somebody refusing to steal your crappy phone

  2. Mephistro

    Well, I hope they paid him well...

    ... for explaining "HIS" opinions, where the word "HIS" stands for "coming from a huge gang of lobbyists*".

    I hope the FSM or the Karma or Yahveh or whoever will bury him under tons of shit, most of it of his -own creation.I wonder how much financing would that idea receive at a Kikcstarter campaign. This way we wouldn't need to bother any deities!

    Mhhhh... Got it!: "Throw Clapper down the ..." Ermm... Does anyone know a word that rhymes with Clapper? TY for your help.

    *Note: you know, Big Money, the Industrial-Military Complex, Mafiosi, ... The usual suspects. :-)

    1. g e

      “encouraging the use of weapons of mass destruction, under any conditions, is a crime"

      Well, those Islamic State fundy hacker types do seem to be mellowing in their old age, I must say. Cos the US would never lie to anyone or use unrelated events intentionally build pretexts for retaliation against states they don't like, right?

      'Course not.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Poor Enron.

    All Enron had to do was to hold out another decade and they could of blamed the whole thing on <ANY_MIDDLE_EASTERN_COUNTRY>|<NORTH_KOREA> and they would of not only stayed in business, but also of had the U.S. government fund an investigation. I've often thought about robbing a bank, but Syria put those thoughts in my head.

    Well, like they say...What happens in Vegas, stays in Iran.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Poor Enron.

      Enron was obviously destroyed by time traveling North Korean hackers

  4. Scott Earle


    Harbor, surely. (And not Harbour, because Pearl Harbor is a proper noun).

    But Habor?

    Someone’s having a bad day for typos today ...

    1. tfewster

      Re: Habor?

      As the first word was spelt "Perl", it seems clear this isn't a reference to Pearl Harbor.

      "Digital Perl" makes sense, and presumably "habor" is a verb?

      1. g e

        Perhaps it makes more sense like this

        Hodor, Hodor Hodor Hodor


  5. Robert Helpmann??

    Breathtaking Irony

    ...belligerents could target “supply-chain operations to insert compromised hardware or software”, a feat revealed to be the mastery of the NSA...

    Who better to know than someone who has already done so? This points out a basic problem of developing new weapons: eventually, they will be used on you, too.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Iran vs Adelson, hm..

    I'm going to have to side with the Persians on this one

    1. asdf

      Re: Iran vs Adelson, hm..

      Vote none of the above.

    2. Someone Else Silver badge

      Re: Iran vs Adelson, hm..

      Doesn't take a whole lot of tinfoil to see the possibility of this being some level of strokage by the Powers that Be™ of the fat-ass Adelson' ass...

  7. Florida1920


    Iran Figures Out How To Beat The House

  8. mi1400

    this is U.S strategy to inject such news in media to aid these Shia gangsters... cuz U.S needs gangsters in regions. to put in subconscious of general public that Ooooo fear these gangsters cuz it can hurt even U.S... and all the citizens around that reagion (saudia, Pakistan, afghanistan etc) would/'might' say; Woooo Ahhhh O m' god Iran is so powerful... and Shia regimes sitting on Sunni ppl's heads will say ... you see; fear Iran ... even in sanctions it is ever so awww inspiringly powerful... creator/floaters of this news should go eat shit.

  9. jake Silver badge

    "the magnificent cultural institution"

    Read "the separating fools from their money institution".

    1. Donkey Molestor X

      Re: "the magnificent cultural institution"

      > Read "the separating fools from their money institution".

      that works. also valid: "the tax bureau for people who are bad at finite math and statistics"

      1. jake Silver badge

        Re: "the magnificent cultural institution"

        That's the Lottery, Donkey.

        Lost Wages profits go to individual corporations. Lotteries pay the .gov, and are a tax on idiots who can't do math(s).

  10. Donkey Molestor X

    It's not just the big boys either. I was planning on going to one of the off-strip casinos in Las Vegas but now it looks like I'll have to be damned careful about that too. Here's Affinity Gaming's data security notices for 2014 and 2013 right on the front page of the Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino website:

    In this case, the baddies got credit card numbers too. Do I even want to know if there's going to be a datasecurityeventnotice2015.php coming soon? The year is young :}

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hold them accountable

    If Iran hacked any entity they should be held fully accountable.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Hold them accountable

      Now if they had inserted a virus that made the roulette wheels spin at a pre-determined rate .....

  12. Henry Wertz 1 Gold badge

    Finally some sanity

    Finally some sanity and a reasonable assessment of what the real risks are from hacking. I got absolutely sick of hearing all these ridiculous obviously non-technical DHS (Dept. of Homeland Security) talking heads implying how some hacker or hackers could make water mains explode, back up the sewers, blow out the power grid (usually not just implying blackouts but implying they'd burn out all the lines and transformers), you know, the kind of crap they'd put in a bad low-budget movie.

  13. eatdicks

    canda CES excels at cyber false flag ops.

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