Massachusetts Gaming Commission Allows for Delayed Revere Vote
A rendering that is 3-D of proposed Suffolk Downs casino, now planned for Revere with partner Mohegan Sun casino winner red deer (Image: Wendy Maeda/Boston Globe)
They do say the house constantly wins, and appropriate now, prospective casino operators Suffolk Downs and Mohegan Sun are undoubtedly on a winning streak in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission unanimously authorized a waiver to the standing deadline for operators to file applications including certified referendum results from their host communities by the end of the year.
Year more Time, Next
That December 31 due date had been likely to be a real problem with the Suffolk Downs casino proposal. A chance to build a casino solely on land in the town of Revere, it also agreed that the original vote taken earlier this year was for a substantially different proposal while the gaming commission was willing to allow the race track and partner Mohegan Sun. As such, a vote that is new needed one which would not have the ability to be held before the year-end deadline.
Your decision was one which the panel said they made in an attempt become as fair as possible to all sides. On November 5, both East Boston and Revere voted on whether to approve a Suffolk Downs casino that would have been primarily and nearly entirely found on the Boston side of the border between your two communities. East Boston residents voted against that proposal, while Revere voters overwhelmingly approved it.
That left a whole lot of outstanding legal questions, probably the most crucial of that was whether Suffolk Downs could now create a casino entirely on land in Revere, which had authorized a casino. The decisions ever since then have essentially said that the answer is ‘yes’ but that it will be treated as being a unique project that must be re-approved, separately from the previous proposal.
‘We have actually wrestled hard with racking your brains on how to reconcile the ‘no’ vote in East Boston with the ‘yes’ vote in Revere, and there is no perfect solution,’ said Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby.
The waiver was the closest to that ‘perfect solution’ that the payment could come up with, thinking about the tight due date. Mohegan Sun must still file their application as being a potential operator by the finish of 2013, however a second referendum in Revere will just take destination sometime within the next 90 days after the original deadline.
Boston Fires Back
Boston officials opposed the waiver, saying that the vote in East Boston should be ‘respected and maintained’ in a letter to the commission. In addition, incoming Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh has said that he’s gotn’t yet ruled out the possibility of taking legal action against this second casino proposal in Revere.
But Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo has expressed confidence that the residents of his town will not only get to vote regarding the casino that is new, but that they can back it because of the same form of support they did the first time around. On 5, 61 percent of Revere voters agreed to endorse the Suffolk Downs casino proposal, though it’s not clear if that support will increase or fall now that the casino will actually be in Revere november.
Should the proposal that is new approval from voters and regulators, it will end up being the second project to compete for the one available eastern Massachusetts casino permit. One other casino proposition for the reason that area is situated in Everett, and would be operated by Wynn Resorts. That project just passed the suitability quotient regarding the gaming commission’s investigations.
Polish Computer Programmers Sentenced for Cyber Blackmail Threats
They may look happy and carefree here, but Polish computer programmers Patryk Surmacki, 35 (left) and Piotr Smirnow, 31 (right) meant no good when they authorized cyber attacks on two casino sites (Image: Cavendish Press)
Two computer that is polish who attempted to blackmail two major unnamed online casino sites one in the UK plus one in the us have now been sentenced to prison, after a police sting nabbed the pair earlier this year.
Piotr Smirnow, 31, and Patryk Surmacki, 35, approached the owner of great britain web site and requested a gathering. The victim who has A manchester-based internet casino later met the pair under the comprehending that Smirnow had a business proposition for him. The pair had been known by him for four years before the proposed company meeting, according to police reports.
But things took an unsightly turn when, during the meeting which took spot at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 the computer code writers demanded a 50 per cent share associated with man’s company and threatened to take the casino site down’s servers if he declined.
The set told the owner that they knew a notorious computer hacker by the name of ‘Wapo’ into the U.S., who they claimed would carry out of the cyber-attack on the company’s servers if the pair paid him to do this, thereby stopping the operations of the company.
Understood as a ‘distributed denial of service’ (DDoS), the court was told that the assault is effective at bringing down even the many advanced of websites by overwhelming them via a mass attack of the organization’s computer servers.
Cyber Hacker Repaid
As the business owner refused to hand over 50 % of his company, Smirnow and Surmacki completed their threat on August 2nd and paid the cloaked American hacker £12,000 ($19,700) to do their dirty work. The Manchester-based site went straight down for five hours, costing the business enterprise £15,000 ($24,558) when no customers could access the site during that time.
The victim had already alerted Manchester police to the duo’s threat, nevertheless, and another conference was set up in a bugged hotel room next to Heathrow Airport on August 7th.
When the master of the business told the pair that he would not cooperate with them, they told him which they were ‘going to war’ and were then arrested by police who had been on standby.
Smirnow additionally admitted around anymore,’ leading Detective Inspector Mossop to the understanding that the investigation had taken down an ‘emerging global cyber danger. that he had performed an identical assault on an US victim through a Skype call, during which he stated which they had ‘enough power so individuals can’t try to push us’ This time the victim was a U.S.-based gaming platform that enables 100 casino sites worldwide.
As for the U.S. online marketers, they clearly dodged a bullet.
‘This case made me worry for my safety that is personal well as for the future of my business. Which is the reason why I felt compelled to do this against the perpetrators,’ stated who owns the casino that is manchester-based, which is approximated become worth £30 million ($49,143,000). It’s believed that a week-long assault on this business could have cost the site owner a $600,000 loss, according to court reports.
‘No one should have to succumb to blackmail and this phrase should behave as a warning to those associated with cyber extortion that the police and the courts will view this sort of conduct very really,’ the web site owner added.
Smirnow and Surmacki later pleaded responsible to two charges of blackmail and unauthorized acts on computers, and were sentenced to 5 years and four months each by Judge Michael Henshaw at the Manchester court. Their own defense team described their attempted blackmail as ‘bizarre, misconceived, naïve and brazen.’
‘They used their intimate, expert knowledge of online business to bully the victims into submission,’ revealed Detective Inspector Chris Mossop regarding the Organised Crime that is serious Division. ‘ But make no error, they may have now been utilizing the most recent technology, but this had been just good antique blackmail.’
Affinity Gaming Hit with Target-Style Security Breach
Nevada and regional casino operator Affinity Gaming is struck with a credit and debit card security breach.
It’s not been a good week for the industry that supposedly safeguards our credit and debit card transactions. Simply days after a national scandal that pulled within the Secret Service to investigate a massive system hack at popular retailer Target a breach which could end up in fake charges, identity theft, or worse Las Vegas-based casino company Affinity Gaming appears to have been hit with a fiasco that is similar.
Credit-Processing Systems Compromised
Affinity announced that their credit and debit-processing systems had been hacked by the week-end’s begin, and were telling their customers most close that is likely 300,000 of whom may have been hit by the hacking to watch their credit info as well as any unauthorized charges to their accounts.
Precisely what everyone wants to worry about after blowing their holiday bankroll, right?
But wait, it gets worse. All the way through to October 16: that’s seven months while Target’s breach spanned approximately five weeks from around Thanksgiving to a week before Christmas Affinity says theirs hit all 12 of their properties in four U.S. states, and that the breach continued unabated from March 14 of this year. A part of the properties affected were the company’s popular Nevada stateline gambling enterprises, including Whiskey Pete’s, Buffalo Bill’s, and Primm Valley Resort and Casino.
According to outside legal counsel for Affinity, James Prendergast, the cyber-hack was from a ‘very sophisticated piece of spyware that got right into a location that is terrible. It got included and eliminated and we called in third-party forensic investigators for confirmation it was gone,’ Prendergast noted.
No Way to Know Who Got Hit
Adding to the confusion, because Affinity doesn’t store any customer credit card information in their databases, they don’t have any way of knowing or notifying who might have been afflicted with the Internet theft. However with casinos scattered throughout Nevada, Colorado, Missouri and Iowa, it most likely could impact a nearly nationwide consumer base, particularly as several gambling enterprises come in or near nevada.
And you could also be in trouble, because that business’s credit and debit processing systems were also hacked, starting on an as-yet-undetermined date and ending on November 29 if you happened to pump gas at Affinity’s Primm Center Gas Station a major stopping point at Nevada’s stateline into California.
So far, the only way Affinity has been able to notify customers of any possible problems happens to be on their very own website with a ‘public notice of information security event,’ but needless to say, many who may have been hit will not ever see that.
Both of whom have been notified, it definitely gets the attention of state regulatory agencies, including Nevada’s Gaming Control Board while hacking of this scope can fall under the purview of the Secret Service and the FBI. GCB Chairman A.G. Burnett says his organization let the Nevada Gaming Commission know of the presssing issues immediately.
‘The company promptly notified us of what happened,’ Burnett explained. ‘They are working together with us closely.’
In terms of Affinity, aside from their website notice and news attention, they don’t have plenty of means to let customers know what’s occurred or how to proceed about this, but in a declaration said that ‘Affinity regrets any inconvenience this incident may cause and has established a confidential, toll-free inquiry line to assist its customers.’
That line, if you think you could are affected, is open from 8 am to 6 pm Pacific Standard Time, Mondays through Fridays. The number to phone for U.S. or Canadian residents is 877-238-2179; other international residents should call Affinity at +1-814-201-3696.
‘Affinity is cooperating into the ongoing law enforcement investigation regarding the incident,’ a company statement read. ‘Affinity has also taken lots of measures to strengthen the security of our system and has now caused legal and security vulnerability specialists to aid identify and implement extra appropriate safeguards.’