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[ISN] Casino Gambler Databases Becoming A Key Tool For Hackers

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Thu Jan 20 2011 - 11:10:56 GMT

By Tom Jones
Staff Editor
January 19, 2011

Players club points can be a valuable commodity when it comes to
casinos, and hackers are now taking aim at player accounts. Several
cases have been reported in Las Vegas of hackers getting into players
club accounts and stealing the accumulated points.

When a gambler signs up for a player club card, they are usually
rewarded with fifty or one hundred players points. As the gambler plays
at the tables and on the slot machines, points are accumulated and used
for such things as free hotel rooms and food. The points can sometimes
be used as free play on the slot machines.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board is now investigating the cases of
players having their points stolen. The Board is not only targeting the
hackers, but also the casinos that have players information in their


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