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[Dataloss] Privacy commissioner orders shutdown of BCLC online gambling site until glitches can be fixed

From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Mon Aug 30 2010 - 23:42:19 CDT


Privacy commissioner orders shutdown of BCLC online gambling site until
glitches can be fixed

By Andy Ivens
The Province July 28, 2010

Provincial privacy commissioner Elizabeth Denham has ordered the
government.s online gambling website to remain shut down until the B.C.
Lottery Corp. can find out what caused a computer glitch that allowed some
gamblers to play other people's money.

When PlayNow.com, a former gaming site, was relaunched with much fanfare
on July 15 with new features, Social Development Minister Rich Coleman
praised North America.s first government-run online casino.

Within hours, a privacy breach was identified and the entire website was
taken down.

A BCLC official originally blamed overloaded computers.

It later came out that BCLC.s overwhelmed servers had mistakenly created a
"data crossover" that allowed some players. accounts to be switched into
another gambler's account while they were playing.

Twelve people had their personal information, such as bank accounts,
viewed by strangers. Accounts belonging to more than 100 people were
compromised in the few hours the site was running on July 15.

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