We normally don’t do stories on competitors, but we’ll make an exception this time since the competitor’s main business happens to be sports betting, something we don’t offer at Slots of Vegas. And, more importantly, because it involves your security.
You’ve probably heard of Paddy Power. They’re a pretty big betting site out Ireland, but they also serve players around the world on all corners of the globe. Paddy recently reported that their customers were victims of a security breach. In a press release, they advised news outlets that they were contacting customers to warn them about the security breach, but they noted that no financial or customer passwords were stolen, nor were customer account adversely impacted.
Personally, as someone who understands online security, I’m a bit concerned about this – and not for the obvious reasons.
I know what you’re thinking. I should be outraged that Paddy had a data breach when they should have security measures in place. And I am outraged. But I also understand that things like this happen.
What I’m most concerned about is that the data breach actually took place in 2010. That’s four years ago. Paddy executives mentioned that the full extent of the breach only came into the spotlight a few months ago, but that’s not good enough. Customers should have been informed the second after the data breach occurred, not a few months later.
The information that was taken includes customer names, usernames, addresses, email address, phone numbers, dates of birth and prompted question and answer. While account passwords were not breached, I’m wondering whether the prompted question and answer leak could help hackers get into other sites using personal information stolen during the hack.
Bottom line? The security hack isn’t good news. However, no credit card or financial details were taken, so there is a silver lining here.
If you ever placed a bet at Paddy Power, go ahead and change your password. We also recommend changing your account recovery question and answer on other sites, especially if you’ve used the same Q&A over at Paddy.
Here at Slots of Vegas Casino we take your security seriously. We use the highest encryption technology to keep your information secure. And our anti-fraud department constantly monitors our systems to make sure that the bad guys stay out.
Don’t forget, we’ll never ask you for your password in an email or over the phone. Nor will any other online betting site, so beware.