Four New Jersey-based online casinos were asked to pay a bitcoin ransom over the weekend, after being hit with distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
Agency director David Rebuck said no bitcoin ransom had been paid, but noted the attack "had the potential to not only negatively impact the targeted casinos but also all business in Atlantic City who share the same ISP provider".
The DGE did not identify which websites were targeted nor the amount requested in ransom by the perpetrators of the attacks.
Rebuck added that the DGE, the New Jersey State Police, state cybersecurity officials and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation took part in a coordinate mitigation effort that resulted in “no significant disruption to service”.
Wave of attacks
The DGE declined to offer further details or confirm whether DD4BC was involved, citing an ongoing investigation into the attacks.
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