Friday, February 14, 2014

Peppermill faces $1M fine for slot machine spying

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Reno casino faces a $1 million fine after regulators said an employee had been using a special key to gather proprietary information about other casinos' slot machines since at least 2011.
A proposed settlement between the Nevada Gaming Control Board and the Peppermill casino in Reno was made public Thursday, and requires final approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission.
"The actions, as set forth herein, constitute a failure by Peppermill Casinos to conduct gaming operations in accordance with proper standards of custom, decorum and decency," the three-count complaint said, adding that they could "reflect discredit upon the State of Nevada or the gaming industry."
According to the complaint, a Peppermill corporate analyst, Ryan Tors, was caught using a "reset key" in slot machines at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno in July. Security detained him and contacted the Gaming Control Board, which launched an investigation.
Authorities said the Peppermill encouraged Tors to visit competitors' casinos and use the key, which unlocks information about how loose a slot machine is. The key also allows the user to put machines in and out of service, to adjust sound, and to access playing history.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Just how much spying are the Russians doing?

The US blamed Russia for a leak of a phone call involving a US assistant secretary of state, while a top Kremlin official said Russia had video of Sochi reporters' hotel bathrooms.

An intercepted telephone call in which the top American official in Europe essentially tells theEuropean Union to “stuff it” on Ukraine – but in far less diplomatic terms – is certainly damaging for its content.
But the source behind the interception could become the more pressing story, as the Olympic Games inSochi kick off today: The US is blaming it on Russia.
The telephone call from last month, between US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, was first covered in the media by the Kyiv Post, and captures exasperation on the part of Ms. Nuland at the way the EU had, to date, sought to end the increasingly violent standoff.