Nez Perce Tribe casinos experience external cyber threat

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Investigation of October 8 attack continues

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Nez Perce Tribe

On Thursday, October 8, 2020 the Clearwater River Casino & Lodge and the It’se Ye-Ye Casino announced an immediate business closure caused by a major computer systems disruption that impacted both facilities. A team of experts was immediately engaged to determine the cause and also resolve the issue. It has since been determined that the source of the computer disruption was an external cyber-attack.

“Fortunately we were able to mitigate the severity of the impact of this malicious attack and while this is an unfortunate occurrence, we know it is a modern day reality for every business,” stated Nez Perce Tribal Enterprise Executive Officer, Kermit Mankiller

While an investigation of the attack continues, the damage to the computer systems is being addressed. The cyber-attack encrypted any data that was on the network, making all information inaccessible. Over the course of the past week, each device was scanned and reset. Both facilities anticipate reopening on Monday, October 19 however, this is subject to change.

“The privacy and security of our guests is a top priority and thankfully we can confirm that there was not a data breach. We are confident that no personal information stored in our systems was shared or compromised,” continued Mankiller. “In addition, I guarantee our security protocols will be even stronger and more sophisticated going forward. I would like to express my appreciation for the staff, and in particular our IT team, for working tirelessly to resolve the issue as quickly as possible; and thank you to our valued guests for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.”

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