Hacking a Vegas casino may only require one phone call.

Hacking a Vegas casino may only require one phone call.

The ALPHV/BlackCat Ransomware Group Strikes Again: MGM Resorts Cyber Outage

MGM Resorts

In a surprising turn of events, the ALPHV/BlackCat ransomware group has claimed responsibility for the recent cyber outage that affected MGM Resorts. What’s even more astonishing is the ease with which they were able to compromise the systems and shut down operations, including slot machines, at the casinos owned by MGM Resorts.

According to the group, all it took was a quick hop on LinkedIn, followed by a phone call to an unsuspecting employee, and a subsequent conversation with the Help Desk. In just a mere 10 minutes, they acquired the information needed to carry out the attack. While these details are directly from the ALPHV group and haven’t been independently confirmed by security researchers, it paints a worrisome picture of the cybersecurity vulnerabilities that exist within organizations.

MGM Resorts, while not providing an official comment, did state that their resorts, including dining, entertainment, and gaming, are currently operational. However, this incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers that lurk in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

The Biggest Stories You Might Have Missed

Before we delve further into the MGM Resorts cyber attack, let’s take a quick look at some other notable news making waves in the tech world:

  • Unity, the popular game development platform, will now be charging developers each time their game is installed. This move has sparked mixed reactions within the gaming community, with some developers worried about the potential increase in costs.

  • Adobe Premiere Pro, the industry-standard video editing software, is set to receive an AI tool that can automatically cut out filler words like “ums” from videos. This feature aims to streamline the editing process and save content creators valuable time.

  • Apple’s USB-C iPhones have introduced a new wave of cable confusion. With some users confused about which cables are compatible with their devices, Apple needs to address this issue and provide clear guidelines.

  • If you’re in the market for a new pizza oven in 2023, we’ve got you covered. Our comprehensive guide will help you choose the best pizza oven to satisfy your cravings and take your pizza-making skills to the next level.

  • Sony’s recent PS5 update has finally given users the ability to disable the startup beep. For those who found the sound annoying, this update is a welcome addition.

  • Nintendo fans, rejoice! The next Nintendo Direct is set to take place today at 10AM ET. Expect exciting announcements and updates from everyone’s favorite gaming company.

Coca-Cola’s AI-Generated Soda

Coca-Cola Y3000

In a move that seemingly only PR execs would request, Coca-Cola has launched a new flavor of soda that was co-created by artificial intelligence. Dubbed “Y3000,” Coca-Cola describes it as the “soda from the future.” This limited-time offering comes in both regular and zero sugar options, with a flavor profile that resembles a refreshing raspberry slushy.

Not content with just experimenting with flavors, Coca-Cola also employed AI to aid in the design of the can artwork. The result is a slim can that harkens back to the iconic CD cases of the early 2000s, reminiscent of the popular “Now That’s What I Call Music” compilations. Truly an inspired collaboration between humans and machines.

Scarecrow: Bringing DVD-by-Mail to the Masses

Scarecrow DVD Store

As Netflix prepares to wind down its DVD-by-mail service, a nostalgic blast from the past emerges. Scarecrow, the largest independent video store in the US, has launched its own rent-by-mail service. This new offering promises to send DVDs and Blu-ray discs straight to your door, providing an alternative option for movie enthusiasts who will miss Netflix’s service.

With a vast collection of 140,000 titles, Scarecrow boasts a significantly larger catalog compared to Netflix, which typically offers around 5,000 titles in its US library. Most of Scarecrow’s collection is available for rent by mail, although exceptions exist for rare and out-of-print videos, newly released movies, and adult titles, which may require additional security deposits.

Microsoft’s Underwhelming Xbox Game Pass Core Library

Xbox Game Pass

The long-standing Xbox Live Gold is finally being replaced by a new tier of Game Pass called Xbox Game Pass Core. However, the initial lineup of games available in this new offering is somewhat lackluster. While it showcases a decent mix of first-party and third-party titles like Vampire Survivors, Celeste, Doom Eternal, and Dishonored 2, it fails to deliver the excitement one would expect from the base version of Game Pass.

As Microsoft continues to shape its gaming subscription services, it remains to be seen how they will refine and expand the Xbox Game Pass Core library to meet the demands and expectations of subscribers.

These are just a few of the captivating stories from the ever-evolving world of technology and media. Stay tuned for more exciting updates, and remember to subscribe to keep up with the latest news delivered directly to your inbox.