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GambleAware Report Is A Wake Up Call For Gambling Industry
Oct04

GambleAware Report Is A Wake Up Call For Gambling Industry

A study commissioned by the charity GambleAware has some sharp criticism for the gambling industry.The report says that the gambling industry has to do “much more” to protect their payers from harm as well as to train their staff to encourage safety among their customers. The report found that staff lacked the training and expertise to advise players on how to gamble safely and minimize risk. One of the main criticisms of the report was that promotional and marketing materials were more clear and obvious than responsible gambling messages which often were not clear at all to customers. The findings were described by GambleAware as a loud “wake up call”. It went on to say that significant investment of both time and effort is required in order to protect gambler from harmful practices. The priority of the industry has to include the well being of its customers according to the report. Commenting on the report The Gambling Commission said:” This report is the first of its kind, and we welcome the approach taken by the industry to come together and work collaboratively to identify what areas need to be improved. We look forward to the next phase of trialing and evaluation, and to widespread commitment to implement the best practice approaches that...

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New Reports Shows Sharp Increase In Mobile Gambling Addicts
Oct03

New Reports Shows Sharp Increase In Mobile Gambling Addicts

The reality that just about every one of us is connected 24 hours to our smartphones is not lost on gambling operators. The mobile gambling market is one of the faster growing sectors which is resulting in increased problem gamblers. A new report conducted by the National Problem Gambling Clinic (NPGC) that was published by the BBC shows that the rate of NPGC patients that were struggling with mobile gambling has risen sharply in the last few years. The study shows that only 24% of NPGC patients had problems with mobile gambling on 2012-2013 but this figure has risen to 63% in 2016-2017. Not surprising one of the main problems were the FOBTs which accounted for 59% of treated problems. Lighter sectors like Bingo contributed to only 8%. The growing problem with mobile gambling is not lost on the government and spokesperson for UK’s Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sports also voiced their concern over this issue. The spokesperson said,” There is clearly more work needed in this area. We are currently undertaking a review of the gambling sector that includes looking at social responsibility measures across the industry, including protections around gambling advertising.” The problem of mobile gambling in the last few years comes as no surprise to many. Experts like Clinical psychologist at the NPGC Neil Smith believe that,” The use of mobile phones as platforms to gamble on over the preceding five years is not surprising given their ubiquity in...

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UK National Lottery Hit by DDoS Attack Again
Oct02

UK National Lottery Hit by DDoS Attack Again

Cyberattacks on online gambling websites have become a real threat in the past few years. Our team has covered the dangers of a DDoS attacks over the last few years and the problem seems to be getting worse as more criminals see the huge potential in blackmailing large gambling companies. The latest victim is the UK national Lottery who confirmed that they were a victim of a DDoS attack on Saturday evening.  The timing of the attack is significant as Saturday evening are usually very busy due the draw. Lottery players have the option of purchasing lottery tickets via the nationwide retailers or online via the National Lottery’s website or mobile app. With the online option not available during the attack the financial costs are huge. What makes this latest attack more serious is that it is the second time the National Lottery’s website was targeted by hackers. In 2016 Camelot admitted that over 26,000 online accounts had been compromised after log-in details were hacked by a third party. With over 9 million registered players on its platform the integrity of their data is a major concern. Camelot are not alone as last year William Hill were targeted on a night where UEFA Champion games were played. In that case William hill was less affected as their mobile app still worked. Camelot offered their “sincere apologies” and directed their players to the 46,000 retailers who were unaffected by the...

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