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26,500 National Lottery accounts breached in online hack, says Camelot

Thousands of National Lottery accounts have been hacked.

Operator Camelot said "suspicious activity" had been detected on 26,500 accounts. It said that number was a "very small proportion" of players' online accounts.

Fifty of those accounts have been active since the hack. Although that activity may have been by the genuine account owners.

Camelot stressed that systems or databases which operate draws or payment of prizes were not affected. It also said no money had been taken or added to accounts affected and that their systems do not hold full debit card or credit card details of players.

It's thought email addresses and passwords used on National Lottery website may have been stolen from another site.

Players' accounts which were breached have been suspended to allow for an investigation and to contact their owners. Their passwords will be reset.

Camelot said: "Of our 9.5million registered online players, we believe that around 26,500 players’ accounts were accessed. A much smaller number – fewer than 50 – have had some activity take place within the account since it was accessed.

"This was limited to some of their personal details being changed – and some of these details may have been changed by the players themselves.

"However, we have taken the measure of suspending the accounts of these players and are in the process of contacting them to help them re-activate their accounts securely."

The security breech has been reported to the National Crime Agency and the National Cyber Security Centre.

Camelot also apologised for any inconvenience saying it was committed to protecting customer details.

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