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 cyberattack.