The Racing Post website has come under a “sophisticated, sustained and aggressive” cyber attack.
Hackers accessed a database owned by the betting news website which contained the private information of “hundreds of thousands” of users.
People with profiles on the site were told that their full names, encrypted passwords, and email and residential addresses could have been stolen.
The company warned readers in an email: “Our site was the subject of a sophisticated, sustained and aggressive attack, in which one of our databases was accessed and customer details were stolen.
“Customer credit and debit card details are not stored on the site and have therefore not been accessed and are not at risk. The information at risk from the database that was compromised will vary in the case of each customer, depending on how much information you gave us when you registered.”
“It includes: usernames, first and last names, encrypted passwords, email and customer addresses and date of birth.”
Racing Post confirmed in an subsequent email sent to affected users that “a number of customer accounts were accessed”.
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