Notification delayed is notification denied? Betfair admits data hack… after 18 months
Nicole Kobie reports:
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.
Read more on PC Pro. The company’s explanation for not notifying/disclosing was three-fold, it seems: SOCA advised them not to, they say, their security made the data unusable, and they were able to recover it all intact.
For additional coverage see Alistair Osborne’s report on The Telegraph.