National lottery says 26,500 players have had their online account details stolen by hackers

Users names, address, dates of birth and account transaction history was stolen by the hackers

ALMOST 27,000 National Lottery players have had their online accounts hacked – and some have even had their personal information stolen.

It was announced this morning that the gambling giant had become aware of “suspicious activity” two days ago – and has suspended all accounts affected.

Users names, address and dates of birth, as well as account transaction history, was stolen by the hackers.

But no money has been deposited or withdrawn from affected player accounts.

A National Lottery spokesman said that there had been no unauthorised access to core National Lottery systems or any of its databases, which would affect National Lottery draws or payment of prizes.

A spokesman for Camelot said: “We are currently taking all the necessary steps to fully understand what has happened, but we believe that the email address and password used on the National Lottery website may have been stolen from another website where affected players use the same details.”

They added: “We do not hold full debit card or bank account details in National Lottery players’ online accounts and no money has been taken or deposited.

“However, we do believe that this attack may have resulted in some of the personal information that the affected players hold in their online account being accessed.”

Although around 26,500 players’ accounts were accessed, it’s believed 50 players have had some activity take place within the account since it was accessed.

Their accounts have been suspended by The National Lottery.

The hack comes just weeks after 133,000 Three Mobile customers were affected by a data breach after hackers used information to steal hundreds of high-value mobile handsets.

No bank details or passwords were obtained by the scammers – but that some had had their personal information, such as names and addresses, accessed.

A spokesman added: “We’d like to reassure our customers that protecting their personal data is of the utmost importance to us.

“We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to our players and would like to encourage those with any concerns to contact us directly, so we can discuss it with them in more detail.”


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