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    Daily Mail (UK): For sale: Personal details of millions of Ladbrokes gamblers

    The Daily Mail has an interesting story about private data on 4.5 million people in the United Kingdom and other countries who bet with bookmaker Ladbrokes being offered for sale to the newspaper.

    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 email addresses. […]

    The database was offered for sale by a mysterious Australian. He claimed to be a computer security expert who had worked at Ladbrokes in Britain.

    During protracted negotiations via email and in one phone call, the man, who gave his name only as ‘Daniel’, claimed to represent a company based in Melbourne, Australia.

    The company, DSS Enterprises, is run by Dinitha Subasinghe, a Sri Lankan-born IT expert.

    Last night, Mr Subasinghe denied any involvement in the data theft. He designs websites and also runs a wedding planning business with his British-born girlfriend Charlene King. […]

    He said yesterday: ‘I have no access to any Ladbrokes database or any other information. I provided analytical services to them for 18 months during 2007 and 2008.’

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