Cyber Security for Cisco

Hello. One cybersecurity professional recently took drastic steps to protect himself and his family from online threats. Caleb Sima, former head of security at online brokerage Robinhood, told me about how he set up different online aliases, in part to protect against SIM swapping attacks, and set up limited-use credit cards. Sima’s wife is celebrity chef Kathy Fang from the TV show “Dynasty: House of Fang.”

Sima said he noticed suspicious activity targeting his wife’s social media accounts that made him want to step up protective measures. CISOs are targets for hackers too, he said. Read more about Sima’s experience locking down his online accounts in my interview with him. 

Also today:

  • Caesars discloses cyberattack to the SEC
  • MGM hacker originally planned to manipulate slot machines
  • Data from Manchester police breached
  • St. Louis County Shut Down Public Safety Computers After Hack







Bridged Bennett Bloomberg News


Caesars Discloses Cyberattack to SEC

Caesars Entertainment disclosed a cyberattack to the Securities and Exchange Commission and said hackers acquired a copy of data including the company’s loyalty program database with driver’s license numbers and Social Security numbers for a “significant number of members” in the database.

  • Caesars didn’t mention paying a ransom in the filing, but said, “We have taken steps to ensure that the SEC stolen data is deleted by the unauthorized actor, although we cannot guarantee this result,” the filing said. Caesars said customer-facing operations, physical properties and online and mobile gaming applications weren’t affected by the cyberattack.
  • ICYMI: The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Caesars paid roughly half of a $30 million ransom to hackers.
MGM Hacker Originally Planned to Manipulate Slot Machines

Hackers who attacked MGM Resorts International originally planned to manipulate the software

in slot machines and recruit “mules” to gamble and “milk” the machines, the FT reports. The “Scattered Spider” hacker group fell back on using ransomware and are now demanding a ransom, a person claiming to represent the hackers told the FT. The person didn’t say how the group initially gained access to MGM’s systems.
St. Louis County Shut Down Some Public Safety Computers After Hack

St. Louis County in Missouri shut down some computer systems used to look up court cases, issue charges and process people in custody after a cyberattack, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Police officers, jail officials, municipal court officials, the prosecuting attorney’s office and the county counsel all use the system. The country has been booking and releasing people from jail on paper instead of electronically.

Data From Manchester Police Officers Exposed in Cyberattack

Personal data from Greater Manchester Police officers in the U.K. were exposed, including warrant cards and identity badges that showed photos of officers, police collar numbers, names and identity numbers, Sky News reports. A police official confirmed a third-party supplier was targeted, and said the police force doesn’t believe financial information was exposed. Data breaches in August exposed information from police officers in London and Northern Ireland too.

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The WSJ Pro Cybersecurity team is Deputy Editor Kim S. Nash), reporter James Rundle and reporter Catherine Stupp.