Hold Your Horses

Whoa, Nelly!  Whoa!  Whoa!  The ‘Gold-in-Sands’ triple-sha negative qi wasn’t due until June!   However it appears that, in the spirit of the ever-restless racehorse, some (cyber)jockeys just couldn’t wait for the Grand Duke to take action when the stars eventually align.

Las Vegas Sands Corp

Hackers breached the websites of all Las Vegas Sands Corp. websites Tuesday morning, and the home pages of some of the world’s largest casinos remained down through the day.  The company’s corporate site was also hacked, as were websites for Sands casinos in Bethlehem, Pa., Singapore, and the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.  [The hacked] websites showed anyone visiting the Las Vegas Sands casino Web pages a scrolling list of personal information that included employee Social Security numbers, emails and job titles.

When employees realized it, panic set in for some of them. “It’s freaking me out,” said Joshua Cesanek, a cage cashier at the Bethlehem casino.  “I can monitor my bank account and credit cards, but how do I monitor my Social Security number?  Am I going to have to worry about this for years?”

So much for all that hard work and team-building effort expended by the LVSC HR department.  On Monday, the Venetian and Palazzo were named as the Number One top workplace in Las Vegas among Clark County’s largest employers.  On Tuesday, all that self-congratulatory management-speak has a kinda hollow ring to it:

“Team-member satisfaction is what drives a passion to serve and do even more to take care of customers,” said John Caparella, president of The Venetian and The Palazzo, and Sands Expo and Convention Center.  “It’s important because team members need to know what’s going on and their voices heard,” Caparella added.  “You have to understand what’s important and what’s responsible.”

I feel completely secure with my employment here,” one employee said.  “I love meeting new people from all over the world and my position allows me to do that.  I have met great people here.”

Now, let’s be clear: this totally sucks for the line worker in Vegas, Bethlehem, Singapore and Macau whose nominal identity and financial security may have been jeopardized by this breach.   And let’s be even more clear: two weeks ago Lunghu (merely?) made an offhand feng shui prediction and was in no sense providing targeting guidance to a person or persons unknown.  It’s not Lunghu’s fault that certain technically-adept residents of the state of Maryland decided to provide an object lesson to a recalcitrant pupil.   But with this example in mind, perhaps Disney Corporation had better straighten up and fly right.   Whatever that means.

 

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