Man who hacked National Lottery for just £5 is jailed for nine months

Lottery operator Camelot says that responding to the hacking attack in 2016 cost it £230,000.

How much did the hacker Anwar Batson make out of it? A mere £5.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Smashing Security podcast #077: Why Paris Hilton doesn’t use iCloud, lottery hacking, and Facebook dating

The tricky-to-pronounce Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan is jailed for hacking Paris Hilton, we hear the story of the man who hacked the lottery and almost got away with $16.5 million, and Facebook thinks it is the perfect partner to find you a date.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, who are joined this week by special guest Dave Bittner from The Cyberwire podcast.

Hackers access National Lottery accounts – do you have your fingers crossed?

Camelot, operator of the UK’s National Lottery, has issued a warning that tens of thousands of players’ accounts have been accessed by hackers.

Irish lottery and ticket terminals knocked offline by DDoS attack

It should have been a great week for the Irish Lottery, with the largest jackpot (12 million euros) for 18 months up for grabs.

However, things didn’t run entirely smoothly in the run-up to the Wednesday night draw.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

National Lottery fails to set a good security example to Android users

The National Lottery expects you to lower your Android phone’s security if you want to buy Lotto tickets with its app.

Is that a gamble you really want to take?

Lottery security director accused of hacking random-number generator to win $14.3 million

It sounds like the plot of a movie. But it’s not. At least not yet.

Read the extraordinary story of the man suspected of rigging the lottery to win $14.3 million in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Arsenal Lotto scam spammed out via PowerPoint file

Scammers use desperate measures in their attempt to trick you into believing you have won a lottery run by Arsenal Football Club.

Olympic Games and cyber attacks – be on your guard

With the Olympics coming to London, there may be opportunities for criminals, hacktivists and mischief-makers to make a high profile attack against the event’s computer systems.

But what about your own computers, and your personal data and finances?

Beware Facebook lottery email scams!

Congratulations! You’ve won the Facebook lottery!

But hang on – you never entered a Facebook lottery, so why do you think you’ve won one?

BBC Lottery: Have you won too?

I must be the luckiest person on the planet – I keep winning lotteries!

Here’s the latest notification – straight from Aunty Beeb herself, the BBC.

I’ve won three million Euros from Bill Gates!

Naked Security writer Graham Cluley announces his retirement, after winning three million Euros from Bill Gates.

Bogus lottery email carries fake anti-virus payload

Read more in my article at Naked Security.

Bogus lottery letter ring busted by UK police

Read more in my article at Naked Security.