A major cyber-security incident has forced the closure of 14 Gateway Casinos locations across Ontario.
Gateway Casinos became aware of the cyber threat on Sunday afternoon, prompting the immediate closure of 14 properties.
The affected casino locations include: Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, North Bay, Wasaga Beach, Innisfil, Casino Rama, Clinton, Chatham, Hanover, Point Edward, Sarnia, Woodstock, and London.
Gateway Casinos released the following statement Monday on Facebook.
Gateway Casinos and Entertainment locations in Ontario will remain closed in the coming days as we work to restore our IT systems. Over the weekend, we detected a cyber security incident and closed our operations in Ontario. We have retained third-party cyber professionals who are working 24/7 to help us restore the IT environment. Our upmost concern is the protection of personal data and information. 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. 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.
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited 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, Alberta. Gateway currently employs approximately 7,000 people and features approximately 369 table games (including 30 poker tables), 14,284 slots, 95 food and beverage outlets and 564 hotel rooms.
Gateway Casinos is not currently operating any retail sportsbooks in the province of Ontario, but its competitors at Great Canadian Entertainment, Fallsview Casino Resort, and Caesars Windsor have recently deployed retail sports betting operations across their Ontario locations.
In Ontario, there are five major casino providers: Gateway Casinos, Fallsview Casino Resort, Caesars Windsor, Hard Rock Ottawa, and Great Canadian Entertainment.