The Daily Mail is reporting that they have been offered a deal to buy confidential records to millions of gamblers that have been customers of Ladbrokes. Ladbrokes runs one of the largest bookmaking operations in the world, and customer protection is high on the list of importance for these gamblers.
Upon being offered the confidential records for sale, the daily Mail immediately alerted Ladbrokes officials about the possible security breach. The newspaper was given the information to the first 10,000 of the customers, and promised the rest of the information, which included over four million customers, should they pay for the information.
The person that authorities are looking into is an Australian who claimed that he was a computers security expert that worked for Ladbrokes in the past. There were extensive negotiations for the information and details began to emerge as to who the mystery person was.
The company that was mentioned in the calls is DSS Enterprises, owned by Dinitha Subasinghe. He denied, however, having any knowledge of the confidential database, and insisted that he knew nothing of the breach of security scam.
Ladbrokes officials have quickly gone into damage control to gain the trust of their millions of customers. Apology letters have been sent, and they are assuring their clients that everything is being done to keep the data private.
They did acknowledge that while the data may have been stolen, they did not believe that it would be accessible. Ladbrokes and the authorities have both shown intent on prosecuting the party responsible for this breach to the fullest extent of the law.