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Hackers Breach Casino Sites

Hackers breached and defaced all the websites of Las Vegas Sands Corp., including the home pages for some of the world’s largest casinos. After the attack, the company down the sites, which includes those for the company, the Venetian and Palazzo casinos in Las Vegas, and the Sands casinos in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Singapore, and Macau. The attackers also stole and released some Sands employees’ personal information, including Social Security numbers, email addresses, and job titles. Company officials are still assessing the damages. Experts guess the attacks may have been politically motivated, as the hackers placed a photo of Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson posing with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the affected websites with a message condemning the use of weapons of mass destruction on the sites. Adelson, whose personal wealth is estimated to be at least $37 billion, is a vocal supporter of Israel and has met Netanyahu several times. He has also sought to have Internet gambling banned in the US. The Nevada State Gaming Control Board is investigating the breach. (Associated Press)(The Morning Call)

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