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Websites of Venetian, Palazzo Casinos Go Down

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The websites of casinos owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp. were down on Tuesday.

Patrons got error messages when they tried to visit the home pages of the Venetian casino, famous for its ersatz canals, and the Palazzo casino, which is next door on the Las Vegas Strip.

The websites for a Sands casino in Bethlehem, Pa., and its properties in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau were also down.

Las Vegas Sands spokesman Ron Reese did not immediately have a comment for The Associated Press about whether the company's sites had been hacked.

The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., posted screenshots of the sites before they went down that showed a picture of Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson posing with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a message about weapons of mass destruction.

The company released a statement Tuesday:

"Company-operated websites have been hacked, as have some office-productivity systems. The company is working closely with the appropriate law enforcement agencies to determine who initiated the hacking activity. In addition, the company is using its internal staff and external information technology experts to assess the damage and return the systems to full operation. More information will be provided once we have definitely determined what occurred," a spokesperson for the company said.

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