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Gateway casinos to remain closed 'for days' after cyber attack

North Bay's Cascades Casino is temporarily closed. 'Our utmost concern is the protection of personal data and information'
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Cascades Casino gaming floor.

Gateway Casinos and Entertainment abruptly shut down North Bay's Cascades Casinos and its other Ontario casinos on Sunday afternoon and the company has since confirmed it was a victim of a cyber attack.

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According to a statement issued Monday night, Gateway gaming sites "will remain closed in the coming days," as the company attempts to restore its IT systems.

"Over the weekend, we detected a cyber security incident and closed our operations in Ontario," the statement notes.

"We have retained third-party cyber professionals who are working 24/7 to help us restore the IT environment."

A company official says it's unclear if personal data has been breached.

"Our utmost concern is the protection of personal data and information," noted the release from the company. 

"At this point, we do not have any information indicating that this incident involves any compromise of personal data. However, we are in the process of notifying the relevant privacy officials and gaming regulator of the incident," said the release.

"We appreciate the continued patience of our employees, customers and government partners as we work to reopen our properties in Ontario, and will continue to provide further updates to the public regarding our reopening."

According to its website, Gateway is one of the largest and most diversified gaming and entertainment companies in Canada with 29 gaming properties in British Columbia and Ontario and two additional properties in Edmonton.

Dave Dawson is a veteran reporter for Village Media's