Betting sites urge caution after accounts accessed, funds withdrawn

by David Purdum, ESPN


Online sports betting operators on Monday were encouraging customers to take steps to protect their accounts after multiple companies saw fraudulent activity in recent weeks.

DraftKings said Monday that a “small number” of betting accounts were accessed by unauthorized users, leading to approximately $300,000 in customer funds being withdrawn in an attack the company believes was caused by login information being stolen from third-party sites.

Sports betting media site The Action Network reported that at least one customer was locked out of their DraftKings account Sunday and had money withdrawn from the bank account that was used to make deposits with the sportsbook.

“DraftKings is aware that some customers are experiencing irregular activity with their accounts. We currently believe that the login information of these customers was compromised on other websites and then used to access their DraftKings accounts where they used the same login information,” Paul Liberman, DraftKings co-founder, said in a statement. “We have seen no evidence that DraftKings’ systems were breached to obtain this information. We have identified less than $300,000 of customer funds that were affected, and we intend to make whole any customer that was impacted.

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