According to the BBC, roughly 26,500 National Lottery accounts are feared to have been hacked.
The firm however, do not believe that their own systems have been breached, but instead that the customer’s login details had been stolen from elsewhere and applied to their Camelot accounts.
The company has ensured players that no money has been taken from or added to any of the compromised accounts, but that there had been suspicious activity on fewer than fifty of them.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has released a statement:
‘We are aware of this incident and we have launched an investigation. Camelot submitted a breach report to us last night which we have reviewed. We will be talking to Camelot today.
‘The Data Protection Act requires organisations to do all they can to keep personal data secure – that includes protecting it from cyber attacks. Where we find this has not happened, we can take action. Organisations should be reminded that cyber security is a matter for the boardroom, not just the IT department.’
The Lottery company has confirmed that it became aware of the problem on Sunday and is taking all the necessary steps to fully understand the extent of the breach.
As a result of broad-scale attacks that have compromised hundreds of millions of email addresses and passwords, we are beginning to see more of this type of attack, with Deliveroo one of the most recent to suffer after passwords stolen from elsewhere were used to access accounts and order food.