Bookmaker Paddy Power has revealed it suffered a massive data breach in which the personal details of nearly 650,000 customers were lost.
The attack occurred in 2010 but the company has only just started telling its customers, having been prompted into action by a third party who revealed that someone in Toronto, Canada possessed the data.
Although the stolen information didn’t include any financial details, the knock-on effects for Paddy Power customers could be disastrous.
According to the Belfast Telegraph the information lost in the breach includes the names, addresses, dates of birth and mothers’ maiden names (in other words the information used to verify account details with banks and other organisations) belonging to customers who signed up to the popular gambling site before 2010.
No customers who signed up after 2010 have been affected.
If you like a cheeky flutter on the gee-gees and have had an account with Paddy Power for longer than four years you’re best advised to change your online banking details pronto.