Suspicious activity on National Lottery accounts “another example of why people should use strong and varied passwords”

Suspicious activity on National Lottery accounts is yet another example of why people should use strong and varied passwords for their online accounts, according to Ollie Whitehouse, technical director at NCC Group.

Camelot has announced that a small proportion of National Lottery accounts have shown suspicious activity, putting some personal information of affected players at risk. However, a statement from the games business said that no card or bank account details have been accessed.

Camelot believes that this attack did not arise due to weaknesses in its own core systems, but instead as a result of leaked email addresses and passwords from hacks on other organisations.

Whitehouse added: “This latest hack is yet another example of why people should use strong and varied passwords for all online accounts due to the lack of transparency with regards to how they are held. Although individual breaches like this might seem small or harmless, they could eventually have more serious consequences for individuals who choose to recycle the same passwords.

“"There is a modern-day responsibility for all companies that offer online services to store passwords in a manner whereby they cannot easily be recovered and reused by threat actors if they are breached. 

“The gradual collection of this data is an increasing motivation for hackers. Businesses like Camelot should now be doing more to help its customers to remain safe. Ongoing education about the importance of unique passwords as well as the introduction of two-factor authentication would be a strong signal that it is taking its customers' welfare seriously - a responsibility that all businesses with an online presence should share.”

Published date:  01 December 2016

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