by Michael J. Shapiro | February 14, 2014
The websites for all properties owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corp., including the corporate site and the mammoth Venetian and Palazzo properties on the Las Vegas Strip, are back up following an unusual security breach. The sites went down Feb. 11, when the home page of the Sands Bethlehem (Pa.) was illegally accessed and changed to display employees' email addresses and social security numbers, as well as criticism of Sands chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson for his political views. According to, a photograph of Adelson and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was posted, alongside a graphic that showed fires in the locations of Sands properties in the United States. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service and the Nevada State Gaming Control Board are all investigating the hack, according to Bloomberg. Preliminary reports indicate it appears that no credit card information was stolen or that any gaming systems were compromised. “While we have been able to confirm that certain core operating systems were not impacted by the hacking, the company remains focused on working through a step-by-step process to ascertain what, if any, additional systems may have been impacted,” noted a Sands spokesperson in an email to Bloomberg.