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For Sale: Private Information on UK Gamblers

DATA THEFT—UK

January 25, 2010

A data theft has hit British bookmaker Ladbrokes, compromising the confidential data of 4.5 million of the gambling house's customers, reports the Daily Mail. The Mail became aware of the theft when an individual identifying himself as "Daniel" contacted the paper and offered to sell information on 10,000 Ladbrokes' customers. The paper said it immediately contacted Ladbrokes and the Information Commissioner's Office, which has launched an investigation. "Daniel" claimed to be a former Ladbrokes computer security expert now working for DSS Enterprises in Melbourne, Australia. DSS founder Dinitha Subasinghe denied any involvement in the case.
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