Cyber-attack suspends operations for Canadian casino operator

A cyber-attack on one of Canada’s largest gaming companies has resulted in 14 casinos being temporarily shut down.

Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, which operates 31 casinos across British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta, said it was hit by “a cybersecurity incident”.

In an update over the weekend, the company stated: “Gateway Casinos and Entertainment locations in Ontario will remain closed through the coming weekend as we continue to work on resolving a cybersecurity incident and put in place the plans for reopening at each location.’

“While we cannot confirm a re-opening date at this time, we continue to work with all relevant parties to do everything we can to restore our IT systems, reopen our sites, and get our employees back to work.”

“Our utmost concern remains the protection of personal information. While we have no evidence thus far that personal information of our customers or employees has been impacted, we have experienced a ransomware attack on out IT systems. Unfortunately, cyber criminals often attempt to compromise personal information. We are continuing to work with third party experts on a 24/7 basis to determine if there has been any impact on personal information in this case. We want to reiterate that we have notified the relevant privacy officials, law enforcement, and government regulators about the cyber incident.”

According to the Gateway website, the company currently employs approximately 7,000 people and features approximately 369 table games (including 30 poker tables), 14,284 slots, 95 food and beverage outlets and 564 hotel rooms.