UK lottery apologises after DDoS attack

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Credits: The National Lottery

The UK national lottery operator apologised after a DDoS attack that forced to stop operations before the draw.

UK.- UK National Lottery operator Camelot was forced to apologise over the incident that took place a few days ago in which the website and mobile app were offline for 90 minutes, blocking last-minute online ticket sales.

After it was confirmed that a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) was the reason why the outage that took down the services for more than one hour during peak time on Saturday, the lottery said: “Unfortunately, as experienced by many companies, the website was subject to a DDoS incident for around 90 minutes from 6pm.”

“We’re very sorry that many players are currently unable to access The National Lottery website or app. Our 46,000 retailers are unaffected. Please accept our sincere apologies if you were unable to play tonight’s games due to the website issue that affected many players,” said the National Lottery on its Twitter account.

Back in June, it was reported that Camelot is set to review the strategy and current structure of the popular game after it faced an 8.8 percent drop. The major concern of the gaming company is its new competitors such as Lottoland as they are exempt of paying further contributions to charities. UK National Lottery sales have fallen from £7.59 billion from 2015 to £6.92 billion during the period of 2016 to 2017.

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