Online Gambling Firm Paddy Power Security Fail

Published Thursday, July 31, 2014 -
Online Gambling Firm Paddy Power Security Fail

It is always bad news when online gamblers hear that there has been a security breach and personal information is stolen by hackers. Most regulated online gambling operators have security measures in place that keep these unscrupulous thieves out of the cookie jar. A recent news item in the Irish Independent has revealed that there was a massive security problem with the iconic Irish bookie Paddy Power. Personal details of over 649,000 customers were reported stolen. Approximately 120,000 of the customers are based in Ireland.

The information stolen includes names, addresses, dates of birth, and even the maiden names of mothers, which are often used to verify account details for consumers who registered with Paddy Power online gambling services in 2010 and the years before that. Fortunately the stolen information does not include any personal financial data.

Peter O’Donovan, MD Online, Paddy Power responded to the data breach with a statement, “We sincerely regret that this breach occurred and we apologize to people who have been inconvenienced as a result,”  

O’Donovan continued, “We take our responsibilities regarding customer data extremely seriously and have conducted an extensive investigation into the breach and the recovered data. That investigation shows that there is no evidence that any customer accounts have been adversely impacted by this breach. We are communicating with all of the people whose details have been compromised to tell them what has happened.” He added, “Robust security systems and processes are critical to our business and we continuously invest in our information security systems to meet evolving threats.  This means we are very confident in our current security systems and we continue to invest in them to ensure we have best in class capabilities across vulnerability management, software security and infrastructure," The Data Protection Commissioner was first made aware of the massive breach in May of 2014.



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