DraftKings is not the only sports betting platform dealing with hackers

DraftKings is not the only sports betting platform dealing with hackers

DraftKings isn’t the only sports betting platform that has been hacked.

Several sports betting platforms have seen increased unauthorized activity on accounts, resulting in funds disappearing, according to Front Office Sports. And the sports betting industry is preparing for more hackers to attack accounts as well.

Front Office Sports added the two ways most fraudsters have perpetrated the scam: Finding personal and banking information to create an account on one of the betting sites from the dark web or using email addresses and passwords that matched compromised login information on other sites for to access existing game accounts.

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In this photo illustration, the FanDuel logo of a sports betting company is seen on a smartphone.

In this photo illustration, the FanDuel logo of a sports betting company is seen on a smartphone.
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DraftKings is catching a lot of heat from customers who were hacked, with close to $300,000 in funds affected.

Affected customers were banned from their accounts and some had significant withdrawals from their accounts, all while a direct customer service number could not be found. However, DraftKings does not believe they were directly hacked.

“DraftKings is aware that some customers are experiencing irregular activity with their accounts,” DraftKings co-founder Paul Liberman said in a statement obtained by Fox News Digital. “We currently believe that the credentials of these customers were compromised on other websites and then used to access their DraftKings accounts where they used the same credentials. We have seen no evidence that DraftKings’ systems were breached to obtain this information We have identified less than $300,000 of customer funds that were affected and we intend to make all customers who were affected whole.

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“We strongly encourage customers to use unique passwords for DraftKings and all other sites, and we strongly recommend that customers do not share their passwords with anyone, including third-party sites for the purpose of tracking game information on DraftKings and other gaming apps.”

FanDuel also sent out an email to its customers, warning “of a hack affecting some other sports betting sites.”

The logo of DraftKings is shown on a laptop in a staged photo taken in Little Falls, New Jersey, U.S., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. The price of a stock sale in DraftKings Inc. coupled with a new wave of Covid-19 infections across the National Football League sent shares in the online gaming company tumbling this week.

The logo of DraftKings is shown on a laptop in a staged photo taken in Little Falls, New Jersey, U.S., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. The price of a stock sale in DraftKings Inc. coupled with a new wave of Covid-19 infections across the National Football League sent shares in the online gaming company tumbling this week.
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BetMGM and others have been contacted by customers about being affected by hackers.

“We are aware of the report and are actively investigating the matter, working closely with our risk, payments and compliance teams,” BetMGM said in a statement to Front Office Sports. “Player safety and security is of utmost importance to us.”

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Stories from customers said that despite two-factor authentication, hackers were able to change account phone numbers. So, the code needed to log into the account will go to the hacker’s phone instead.

Because of the situation, DraftKings stock took a bit of a dive on Monday, and DraftKings later acknowledged the hack.

“We are aware of reports of customers experiencing issues with their accounts and we are investigating,” they tweeted. “If any customers are experiencing issues with their accounts, please contact the Customer Experience Team at [email protected]

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Many customers experienced hacking on Sunday during one of the busiest sports betting days of the week with the NFL playing. It was also the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which has added more betting options to the table in the coming weeks.

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