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Hacking Attack Utilizing Fish Tank Thermometer Causes Damage to Undisclosed Casino Venue

The casino industry is a juicy bite for every gambling enthusiasts and many people have pondered the idea of organizing a money heist which will transform their life into a dream come true. Some people go so far as to put their devised plans to the test and nowadays cybersecurity makes it easier for hackers to fiddle with the system of a given casino location, as it was recently confirmed by the Chief Executive Officer of cybersecurity company Darktrace.

It is not a secret to anyone that gambling facilities are in possession of large amounts of money available for the winners which are usually secured in protected vaults. The copious amounts of cash stacked behind the thick walls of the vault are placed in a series of safes which aim to make the access to them as complicated as possible. In their pursuit of finding a way towards obtaining the generous amount of money, many hackers are looking for ways they can enter the system of other, more day-to-day appliances available on site.

As more and more people acquire one of the diverse smart speakers such Apple’s HomePod or Amazon’s Echo it has become easier to manipulate them for third-party interests and potentially cause a financial and another type of damage to the main user. In a recent report of Darktrace which was issued to the Wall Street Journal, it becomes clear that hackers become more inventive with the progress of technology, but also that casino facilities are not in any way protected from this type of hacking.

Unexpected Threat for the Venues

Attacking the system of a given casino venue involving sophisticated technology and devices is a thing from the past, as Nicole Eagen, the CEO of the company made it clear that there are more devices laced at any regular gambling venue which could be manipulated in a way and among them are thermostats, refrigeration systems, various air conditioning systems, as well as other devices.

This leads to an unexpected hazard for the security of a given venue and such is the case with a team of hackers that opted for hitting the smart thermometer attached to an aquarium which was located in the lobby of the casino venue. As it became known, with the help of the said device the team managed to make its way to the list of high rollers which are regular at the facility.

The database stored in a seemingly secure manner was then easily transferred to the cloud which was also part of the hacking operation. The name of the said location was not revealed publicly, but it was noted that it is one of the large and well-known casino developers operating in North America, as the hackers were aiming to acquire as much valuable information as possible.

This unexpected source of threat has become more prominent in the recent years and casino venues were advised to look into ways in which they can protect their system from the harmful impact of criminals.

 Author: Harrison Young

Harrison Young is an experienced writer, who started his career almost 8 years ago. Prior to joining our team at CasinoGamesPro, he worked as an editor for a small magazine.