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Russian hackers shut down your casino? Spritlzer/Putin to the rescue.

The Spritzler/Putin Cybersecurity Group is ready to fix your problem fast and provide guaranteed future peace of mind. We have the technical expertise, staff, and outreach facilities to make sure your hackers move on to someone else. Wink wink.

In fact, if your competitors are not suffering the same type of security issues, perhaps you need our help to correct as well? They don't deserve to be in business? Why leave to chance?

MGM Resorts — which owns Vegas properties such as the Bellagio, Aria, and MGM Grand — is currently refusing to succumb to the hackers' demands. This is in contrast to its competitor, Caesars Entertainment, which reportedly shelled out $15 million in ransom, just days before the MGM attack, to the same notorious cyber group, known as “Scattered Spider”.

Stick or twist?

In the first half of this year, MGM Resorts made an eye-watering $7.8 billion in revenue, split mostly across gambling, rooms, food and entertainment. That’s ~$42m of revenue every day, and industry analysts estimate that the attack could be costing the company 10-20% of that figure, or roughly $4-8m a day. Management now has a very hard decision to make: either pay a hefty ransom, or hope that they can figure out a solution to wrestle back control on their own.

Scattered Spider, the group reportedly behind the attack, is now infamous, having been suspected of over 100 cyberattacks on major US corporations, spanning a spectrum of industries that include manufacturing, retail, and technology. Although packed with nefarious coders, the group’s entry into MGM's systems was reportedly low-tech — a call to the help desk impersonating an MGM employee.

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