Thousands of customer accounts on the National Lottery website which has 9.5 million registered online players, may have been compromised in an recent hack. Camelot, the operator of the UK National Lottery has confirmed that 26,500 player accounts have been hit with “suspicious activity”. A much smaller number (fewer than 50) have had some activity take place within the account since it was accessed.
National Lottery said there was no unauthorized access to core National Lottery systems or any of its main databases, i.e no draws or prize payments were impacted and that no money has been deposited or withdrawn from player accounts. However, now all of the affected accounts have been re-set and players have been contacted to re-activate their accounts.
According to a statement from National Lottery: We are currently taking all the necessary steps to fully understand what has happened, but we believe that the email address and password used on the National Lottery website may have been stolen from another website where affected players use the same details.