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Cyber criminals have used the Windows REvil ransomware to attack the Las Vegas-based Gaming Partners International Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of casinos table game equipment.

Its products include casino chips, table game layouts, playing cards, dice, gaming furniture, and accessories and it sells to casinos throughout the world.

A man who claimed to be a member of the REvil gang had said in an interview given to the YouTube channel RussianOSINT on 23 October that the group was getting ready to attack a major gaming development firm and an announcement would be made about it soon.

He appears to have been referring to the attack on Gaming Partners International Corporation.

The attackers claimed all servers and working computers at GPI had been compromised and the data encrypted. They said 540GB of data had been exfiltrated, including technical documents, financial documents and contracts with casinos in Las Vegas, Macao and Europe, adding that bank documents had also been stolen.

iTWire has contacted Gaming Partners International Corporation for comment.

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A screenshot of a part of the notice put up by the gang on the REvil website on the dark web. Supplied

REvil, which is also known as Sodinokibi, has been used in many attacks this year. It was used to hit the Meinhardt Group, an engineering consultancy with 51 offices worldwide and 5000 employees, American IT staffing company Artech Information Systems, and publicly traded professional distribution management firm DXP Enterprises.

Others to suffer were Adif, an infrastructure company owned by the Spanish Government, Argentina's biggest Internet service provider Telecom Argentina, leading retirement specialist Actuaries and Associates, the website of Cooke County in Texas, and Australian drinks manufacturer Lion.

Melbourne-based contract formulation and packing company Chem Pack, New York-based entertainment and media lawyers Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, Sydney sports specialty store chain Instore, American food distribution firm Harvest/Sherwood Food Distributors, SeaChange, a global public supplier of video delivery software, and Melbourne-based government-accredited IT services provider Geidi were all hit by gangs using REvil as well.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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