The casino hopes to reopen on June 17

Wisconsin: Menominee Casino temporarily shuts down due to cyberattack

The Menominee Casino Resort confirmed that it's experiencing technical difficulties following a cyberattack. A statement from the casino said the issues were caused by an "attempted external attack on our computer systems."
2021-06-15
United States
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On June 11 the casino’s security system was breached leading to a temporary shut down. The casino says it doesn’t believe hackers got to any secure information.

Menominee Casino in Keshena, Wisconsin, has fallen victim to hackers. The casino’s security system was breached last Friday, June 11, leading to a temporary shutdown. The casino hopes to reopen on Thursday, June 17, reports the WGBA.

"It's kind of scary that your info's out there," Security Supervisor Joey Caldwell said. "That somebody can just hack your computer system and take your identity."

The Menominee Casino Resort confirmed that it's experiencing technical difficulties following a cyberattack. A statement from the casino said the issues were caused by an "attempted external attack on our computer systems."

Casino employees like Caldwell say the past few days have been nerve-wracking.

"Our computer system was shut down, so we couldn't open up the gift shop," Caldwell said. "We had to shut that down. We had to shut down the hotel.”

The casino says it doesn't believe hackers got to any secure information, but Caldwell is still worried about his bank account and social security number.

"Everything's running by that same system and it just crashed," he said. "I thought it crashed, but then they said it was a cyberattack.

The casino has said that it would notify guests or workers like Caldwell if their info was stolen.

Tribal Legislature Chairman Gunnar Peters, said: "The breach was beyond significant, so we had to close."

While the FBI and local police investigate who and why someone committed the cyberattack, Caldwell is waiting to see if his personal information is safe.

"I wouldn't know what I'd have to do [if it was stolen]," Caldwell said. "It'd be crazy."

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