Oh no! Hackers Access National Lottery Accounts! If you play the National Lottery online as I do you may have received an email entitled ‘Important Information about your National Lottery Account.’
This notice informed players that ‘suspicious activity’ had been discovered on a small number of player accounts. Apparently the players involved have been contacted directly by Camelot as part of their investigation. It is unsure at this time what this suspicious activity actually is. It is however, fair to assume that player accounts have been hacked.
My first thoughts when opening this email was that this notice was itself a hoax. Especially as it gave a direct link to click to be able to access my account. Further investigation however revealed the email to be genuine. As a matter of precaution though I did NOT click the enclosed link but rather opened up a new browser window and entered the National Lottery URL by hand. I strongly advise you all to do likewise. Better safe than sorry!
Hackers Access National Lottery Accounts!
Camelot is at pains to point out that this ‘hack’ only involves a very small section of it’s millions of online lottery players. It does however raise a very important question.
Many of us who play the lottery will use the same password as for all our online accounts. Remembering sometimes dozens of different passwords is beyond the ability of most ordinary people. This is a potentially disastrous scenario though, and should be avoided at all costs. There are plenty of resources available for keeping track of multiple log-in details and passwords on the internet. for your own peace of mind you need to use them.
I personally use an Excel spreadsheet but most browsers have a ‘manage password’ function which is a very useful tool. At the very least I recommend using this, although you will probably want to back up this information as well.
To save your passwords in Google Chrome go to Settings > Advanced > Manage Passwords and switch this function on. You can also access your passwords from any device at passwords.google.com.
In Firefox go to Options > Privacy & Security > Saved Log-Ins. Both of these functions can be found in the top right corner of your browser window.
Camelot is currently forcing players to reset their passwords when they re-access their accounts. I strongly recommend that for your own security….
*ALWAYS USE A DIFFERENT PASSWORD FOR EVERY SITE REQUIRING YOU TO LOG-IN*