DraftKings isn’t the only sportsbook to have been hacked.
Several sports betting platforms have seen increased levels of unauthorized activity on accounts, leading to funds disappearing, according to Front Office Sports. And the sports betting industry is also preparing for further hacker attacks on accounts.
Front Office Sports added the two ways most scammers have committed the scam: finding personal and banking information to create an account on one of the dark web betting sites, or using email addresses and Passwords matching compromised credentials on other sites to access existing betting accounts.
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DraftKings is getting a lot of attention from customers who have been hacked, with nearly $300,000 in funds affected.
Affected customers were blocked from their accounts and some had sizeable withdrawals from accounts while no direct customer service number was found. However, DraftKings does not believe they were directly hacked.
“DraftKings is aware that some customers are having infrequent activity with their accounts,” DraftKings co-founder Paul Liberman said in a statement obtained by Fox News Digital. “We currently believe that these customers’ credentials 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 in affected customer funds and we intend to heal every affected customer.
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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, to track betting information on DraftKings and other betting apps.”
FanDuel also sent out an email to its customers warning “of a hack affecting some other sports betting sites”.
BetMGM and others have been contacted by customers because they have been hacked.
“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. “The safety of the players is of the utmost importance to us.”
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Stories from customers said that despite using two-factor authentication, hackers were able to change account phone numbers. So the code needed to log into the account goes to the hacker’s phone instead.
Due to the situation, DraftKings stock fell somewhat on Monday, with DraftKings later admitting to the hack.
“We are aware of reports of customers having issues with their accounts and are investigating,” they tweeted. “If customers are having 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 when the NFL was playing. Added to this was the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup which has brought more betting opportunities to the table for the next few weeks.