Cameras Hacked; Casino out $32M

Monday, March 18, 2013 @ 04:03 PM gHale


A security camera breach allowed a high roller VIP gambler to pocket $32.4 million (AU$32 million) at the Crown Casino in Australia.

It all started when an unauthorized person was able to gain remote access to the casino’s state-of-the-art security cameras, according to a report in The Herald Sun in Melbourne, Australia.

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While this is not an industrial control environment, it does go to show about how video technology needs safeguarding to ensure sites remain free from a potential intruder’s gaze.

In this case, the camera hacker was able to use the images from the casino cameras to instruct a high-roller, who’s said to be foreign, how to place his bets at a game of cards.
Images relayed from cameras were able to spy on a top-level gaming area where the high roller was playing.

The high roller was able to get signals telling him on how he should bet based on the advice of someone viewing the camera feeds. Sources said the total stolen was $32.4 million (AU$32 million).

The cameras at Crown are state-of-the-art, high-resolution technology and they are capable of transmitting the most intricate detail of goings-on inside the building.

The venue’s staff caught on to the scammer and booted him from the Crown Towers villa he was staying at, and he ended up banned from entering the complex. After that, the scammer reportedly returned to his country.

The VIP service is for wealthy clients who often bet big at the casinos.

A VIP service manager, believed to be a part of the scam, ended up fired.

The scam is possibly the biggest one the Crown Casino has ever seen. An investigation into the matter is ongoing.



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