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NY Officials Confirm Cybersecurity Incident With Central Lottery System

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The New York Gaming Commission says a cybersecurity “event” temporarily shuttered or disrupted several of the state’s casinos that operate video lottery terminals (VLTs). The slot-like machines operate on the state’s lottery central system in Schenectady.

Though they operate, look, and sound like Las Vegas-style slot machines, VLTs are linked together and calculate whether a spin wins or loses based on lottery simulations. The network is programmed to pay out a certain rate. When those wins come are dependent on the entire network’s operations across the nine VLT properties.

Everi Holdings operates the VLT system on the New York Gaming Commission’s behalf. State gaming regulators said a cyber incident levied against Everi caused the network disruption last week.

Jake’s 58 on Long Island was most impacted, as the Islandia property shuttered its gaming floor and more than 1,000 VLT machines on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 17. The casino only resumed gaming operations yesterday.

Jake’s is owned and operated by Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation (Suffolk OTB). The company is embarking on a $200 million expansion of the casino that will double the number of gaming positions to 2,000 seats. The project additionally includes several new restaurants and bars, plus a parking garage and sound barrier to limit noise to an adjacent neighborhood.

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The New York Gaming Commission says there’s no evidence that any customer information was seized in the cybersecurity incident. The state is also staying quiet on specifics of the event, including whether a criminal hacking group was behind the incident and if a ransom was demanded.
 

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