by Renee Israel
Camelot, operator of the UK National Lottery, confirmed that the accounts of some 26,500 accountholders were accessed by hackers.
The announcement was made after Camelot noticed "suspicious activity" in some of the accounts earlier this week. On closer inspection, the group saw that hackers had managed to access thousands of accounts out of the 9.5 million registered with the National Lottery.
The operator believes that activity by hackers took place in fewer than 50 of those accounts.
"This was limited to some of their personal details being changed - and some of these details may have been changed by the players themselves," said Camelot in its statement.
Suspension of Lottery Accounts
Camelot continued in its statement that it had already taken action regarding the accounts where suspicious activity took place.
"We have taken the measure of suspending the accounts of these players and are in the process of contacting them to help them reactivate their accounts securely," said the operator.
Camelot also instigated a compulsory password reset on the accounts of the 26,500 affected players. The group said that it was in the process of pro-actively contacting those affected to help them change their passwords and give them more general advice regarding online security.
UK Lottery Draw Not Affected
In its statement, Camelot made it very clear that that the hackers did not manage to gain access to the core of the lottery system or databases. As such, neither the jackpot draws nor the payment of prizes to lottery winners would be affected in the least.
Camelot went on to say that no money had been deposited or withdrawn from the affected players' accounts.
"We do not hold full debit card or bank account details in National Lottery players' online accounts and no money has been taken or deposited,"
said Camelot. "However, we do believe that this attack may have resulted in some
of the personal information that the affected players hold in their online
account being accessed."