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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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