Euromillions Lottery Site Hacked

Members of the Moroccan Ghosts hacker collective recently defaced the Web site for France’s Euromillions lottery with a message condemning gambling.

“The messages appeared in Arabic and French and blocked the homepage of the lottery in France. … The French version of the message said: ‘Oh you believers. Wine, games of chance, statues all augur impurity and are the work of the devil,'” AFP reports. “It exhorted people to quit gambling, saying it was used by the devil along with alcohol to ‘sow hatred between yourselves and turn you away from God and prayer.'”

“The Moroccan Ghosts are a group of hackers founded in 2012,” writes Softpedia’s Eduard Kovacs. “Their objectives are not only to defend their country and its king, but also to militate for territorial unity.”

“The site is currently still down, according to the owner of Euromillions, Francaise des Jeux (FDJ), which put a notice on its homepage letting users know that data was not at risk and they could still enter other games,” writes TechWeekEurope’s Tom Brewster. “The Euromillions page is currently redirecting to the FDJ site, whilst it is being fixed.”

“At this stage there’s nothing to suggest that hackers got into back-end databases, much less accessed any sensitive data,” notes The Register’s John Leyden. “The techniques used to pull off the attack remain unclear.”

“The Euromillions lottery launched in 2004 and is now played by nine countries across western Europe: Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland,” writes ITProPortal’s Monira Matin. “More than 100 million euros are up for grabs in the Euromillions jackpot to be played on Tuesday.”

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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