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Cybersecurity as an integral part of legal gambling

In Ukraine, the issue of cybersecurity is more relevant today than ever. Right now, during an all-out war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine, the aggressor is constantly trying to destabilize Ukrainian banking system. Direct espionage through obtaining personal information about our citizens and their bank accounts is part of such subversive activities.

The source of such data can be poorly protected online money transaction channels. This particularly applies to those who buy goods and services online, for example, gamble on the websites of unlicensed operators, that is, participates in illegal gambling.

It is clear that today gambling traffic in Ukraine has significantly decreased. However, one should always bear in mind that only a legal gambling operator can protect data from theft.

Today, Ukraine is bursting into the global agenda. However, along with many countries, civil organizations and private individuals that join us in the fight against the enemy, there are also many frauds who want to make money on other people’s problems.

For instance, many illegal gambling websites acted quickly and decided to target Ukrainians for their advertising and offers to gamble, wherever they may be – in Ukraine or abroad. So do not be fooled and do not gamble in places where you are told about “a great chance to get lots of gold.” And it doesn’t matter if you are abroad or in Ukraine.

At the same time, the use of unlicensed gambling operators’ online resources in order to gain access to players’ personal data is not only a Ukrainian problem. Illegal gambling traffic, attacks on legal websites and attempts to steal funds and private information is an issue that is getting worse globally every year.

In fact, EGBA (European Gaming and Betting Association) stated that in recent years, according to various security organizations, there has been a clear trend in Europe for cyber attacks against services and websites of legal gambling operators. The aim is to get access to gamblers’ cards and funds. For example, according to Imperva, a cybersecurity company, in 2020 gambling websites accounted for 28% of global traffic.

Considering all further risks and dangers faced by legal operators and visitors of their websites, EGBA has created a new expert group to support and coordinate its members’ efforts aimed at countering the latest cybersecurity threats to gambling websites.

The group will allow EGBA members to share information about the latest cyber threats and attacks and work together for incident detection and management, identification and elimination of security vulnerabilities, as well as implementation of the latest best practices in cybersecurity.
Viktoriya Zakrevskaya