FBI struggled to disrupt dangerous casino hacking gang, cyber responders say

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has struggled to stop a hyper-aggressive cybercrime gang that’s been tormenting corporate America over the last two years, according to nine cybersecurity responders, digital crime experts and victims.

For more than six months, the FBI has known the identities of at least a dozen members tied to the hacking group responsible for the devastating September break-ins at casino operators MGM Resorts International (MGM.N) and Caesars Entertainment (CZR.O), according to four people familiar with the investigation.

Industry executives have told Reuters they were baffled by an apparent lack of arrests despite many of the hackers being based in America.

“I would love for somebody to explain it to me,” said Michael Sentonas, president of CrowdStrike, one of the firms leading the response effort to the hacks.

“For such a small group, they are absolutely causing havoc,” Sentonas told Reuters in an interview last month.

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Source: Reuters