By Jason Lewis, Mail on Sunday Security Editor and Sandra White In Melbourne
24th January 2010
The confidential records of millions of British gamblers who bet with
top bookmaker Ladbrokes have been offered for sale to The Mail on
The huge data theft is now at the centre of a criminal investigation
after this newspaper was given the personal information of 10,000
Ladbrokes customers and offered access to its database of 4.5 million
people in the UK and abroad.
Last night we alerted Ladbrokes to the damaging security breach and
handed the customer files to the Information Commissioner's Office
(ICO), Britain's data watchdog, which immediately began to investigate.
The records include customers' home addresses, details of their gambling
history, customer account numbers, dates of birth, phone numbers and
Ladbrokes last night also called in the police and began contacting
customers to reassure them that their credit card details, passwords and
other financial information were safe.
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