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Mil­lions of Na­tional Lot­tery play­ers have been urged to change their pass­words af­ter a ‘low-level’ cy­ber-at­tack af­fected 150 customer ac­counts. Hack­ers gained ac­cess to the ac­counts by us­ing lo­gin de­tails gleaned from a list cir­cu­lated on the in­ter­net, said a spokes­woman from Camelot, owner of the Na­tional Lot­tery.

Camelot said no bank de­tails or money have been stolen from the hacked player ac­counts. Pri­vacy watch­dog the In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner has been in­formed of the at­tack, along with the po­lice and the Na­tional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Cen­tre.

“As part of our reg­u­lar se­cu­rity mon­i­tor­ing, we have seen some sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity on a very small num­ber of play­ers’ ac­counts,” said Camelot in an email to cus­tomers. “We have di­rectly con­tacted those play­ers whose ac­counts have been af­fected. If you have a pass­word you use across mul­ti­ple sites then you should change it”.

Play­ers can nor­mally trans­fer money from their debit cards into their Na­tional Lot­tery ac­counts, then use those funds to buy on­line lot­tery tick­ets or scratch cards. The 150 hacked ac­counts have now been sus­pended, Camelot said. bit.ly/lot­tery446

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