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LAS VEGAS (KXNT/AP) — The websites of casinos owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp. have been taken down, apparently after being hacked.

Visitors got error messages on Tuesday when they tried to access the home pages of the Venetian and the Palazzo casino.

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

Before being taken down, the websites displayed casino employee’s personal information, including names, phone numbers, and social security numbers.

There was also the message, “Damn A, don’t let your tongue cut your throat. Encouraging the use of weapons of mass destruction, under any conditions, is a crime.”

During an appearance at Yashiva University last fall, Sands owner Sheldon Adleson suggested the U.S. should use nuclear weapons on Iran.

He is also an outspoken opponent of internet gambling.

Las Vegas Sands spokesman Ron Reese tells KXNT they are working with the appropriate law enforcement agencies to discover exactly what happened.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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