Betfair admits data hack… after 18 months

PC Pro, September 30, 2011

Gambling website Betfair has admitted its systems were attacked 18 months ago, but says it didn’t warn customers on the advice of UK police. The gambling company was hacked in March 2010, according to a report leaked to The Telegraph, but Betfair didn’t notice the attack until six days later.  The report said card details of most of Betfair’s users were taken, as well as 3.15 million account names with associated security access questions, 2.9 million account names with addresses, and 89,744 sets of bank account details. The report into the attack was apparently dated at the end of September 2010, just days after Betfair had announced its IPO. The company admitted the theft, but said the data leak wasn’t a threat to its customers because the stolen data was recovered.

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