MGM Resorts said data breach exposed no payment info

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The MGM Grand Las Vegas.
The MGM Grand Las Vegas.

MGM Resorts is doing damage control after media reports shed light on a 2019 data breach that exposed the personal information of an unknown number of MGM guests. 

“Last summer, we discovered unauthorized access to a cloud server that contained a limited amount of information for certain previous guests of MGM Resorts,” the company said in a statement. “We are confident that no financial, payment card or password data was involved in this matter.”

According to MGM, the vast majority of information exposed was “phone book data,” or information like first and/or last name, phone number and other data that can generally be found in a phone book or via Google search.

While analysts have pegged the number of impacted guests at around 10 million, MGM said the company is not confirming the number of individuals affected, citing that fact that the data was “messy and included many duplicates.”

MGM confirmed guests potentially impacted by the incident were notified, in accordance with state laws. The company also hired two cybersecurity forensics firms to assist with an internal investigation, review and remediation of the issue.

“At MGM Resorts, we take our responsibility to protect guest data very seriously, and we have strengthened and enhanced the security of our network to prevent this from happening again,” the company said.

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