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IT administrators at the Las Vegas Sands casino are having a tough time restoring their systems after hackers successfully got inside the corporation's firewall, but it appears that the most valuable sections of the network are safe, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Board chairman A.G. Burnett told Associated Press …

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My head hurts

Who's the worse scum:

* Online gambling operations that prey on the addicted.

* The hackers.

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The old days

Whatever happened to the olden days where you used bucketfuls of quarters and cash.

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Re: My head hurts@ Charles Manning

"Who's the worse scum: Online gambling operations that prey on the addicted......"

If they prey on the addicted, then let's ban it. It'll certainly not pop up as a worse, more dangerous, unregulated underground gambling industry eh? In fact we could do the same for booze, and fags. Ooh, and online gaming, that can be addictive. And fast food,

Or of course, it might be that not withstanding the unlucky addicts, the majority of punters actually enjoy gambling? I don't know why, it doesn't float my boat, but blaming an industry because of the minority of users with mental health issues seems rather odd.

Returning to the thread, I'd agree that the outcome of having the punters credit cards compromised is much the same as actually going to the casino - they get cleaned out, for very little obvious upside. But maybe the risks of insecure systems will add to the frisson of the whole thing for gamblers, and this could make it more appealing?

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Are You Feeling Lucky, Punk? Well Are You?

"DON'T PANIC! No credit card details lost after hackers crack world's largest casino group"

And the moral of the story is... you're better off going to The Sands, than to Target.

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Pirate

And where were George Clooney and Brad Pitt while this was happening?

I bet we find out that the Sands' vault is empty now!

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Happy

Sweet!

Not saying I agree with the message, or the methods. But it's cool to see a Hollywood style hack for a change. Most of the time they just knock a site offline for a while, or else post something lame like "You g0t haxxored by WTFBBQ tE@m lolololol." Or of course they silently siphon off data, which practical but boring. But these guys, they know how to make a good story.

I hope they remembered to log out before the red dot reached their connection.

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Method of infiltration?

Let me guess a malicious executable email attachment sent to a Windows administer account.

`Las Vegas-based casino operator Affinity Gaming announced in December that its credit-card transactions had been hacked'

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Happy

Should this headline not

be written in large, friendly letters?

And no, I am not panicking, as I do not gamble. In fact, I only ever bet on anything if I am 100% sure that I am right, and the other is wrong on some point of fact. For example, in my student days, some friends were adamant that the first castle approached by King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (the one with the swallows) was French, whereas I claimed it was not (it was of course the one assaulted with the wooden rabbit that was French). They were prepared to bet a bottle of whisky on this, and I happily accepted the bet. We rented the video, each of us brought a bottle, and the loser had to open his bottle and share it with those present.

When that bottle ran out, I did of course open mine as well

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Re: Should this headline not

Do you call that a chin-chin situation?

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Coat

Wasn't This Supposed To Stay In Vegas?

Breaking into a website is one thing, but violating the unwritten rule?

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Couldn't have happened to a nicer criminal, Adelson routinely violates laws to earn his billions, such as bribing Chinese officials to get his Macao casinos, and bribing US officials who allow him to hire cheap illegal alien workers.

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