New Jersey’s Online Sportsbooks Repel Cyber Attacks

New Jersey sports bettors can breathe easy after leading sportsbooks reported that all customer data is in place after a cyber attack on the state’s sports wagering industry. Sports data provider, Stats Perform recently went down during Saturday college football action.

Whilst sports betting went on largely unaffected and with all data and customer funds secured and in in place, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) providers like FanDuel and DraftKings were affected in varying degrees.

DraftKings & FanDuel Move Fast to Put Out the Cyberattack Fire

DraftKings released the following in a prepared media statement;

“DraftKings has made investments in redundancies for a wide variety of processes, including live statistics and scoring, to ensure minimal interruption for customers when this sort of situation arises. Our Customer Experience team is active 24-7 and responded quickly to address this issue with impacted players.”

Fantasy operators quickly responded in attempting to find alternate data providers.

DraftKings was able to switch to their back-up stats provider for their Sunday NFL DFS competitions, however, FanDuel was up against it, settling its NFL contest manually and issuing refunds to inconvenienced clientele.

Stats Perform struggling to get back on its feet

After more than 2 weeks since the cyber event, Stats Perform has still not restored full functionality.

FanDuel and DraftKings have switched data providers on a semi-permanent basis now to minimize any residual impact on their DFS players, and there have no reports at all of players funds or data being breached. It’s underscored the peace-of-mind provided by New Jersey’s sportsbooks employing the highest possible standards of security by employing cutting-edge Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.

For Stats Perform, however, it has been a rather different story.

The threat, thus far, has been neutralized. Furthermore, Stats Perform could follow the lead of SBTech, the betting provider that suffered from a similar attack in March. At the time, SBTech launched criminal investigations across several jurisdictions, including in the United States, a move that Stats Perform could choose to follow.

For now, though, Stats Perform is scrambling with their DFS clients reporting on multiple occasions that the site would return to operation by the end of the day, or by the next day. To date, operations have been suspended and perhaps that is for the best for now. Rather than to rush back, it seems Stats Perform are going to get it right rather than succumb to pressure to reboot before its servers are secure.

As things stands, no customer or client data has been breached, and unless the company has kept it an enormous secret, the Stats Perform platform is not being held for ransom. What is more, clearly, Stats Perform is moving as quickly as it possibly can to get everything up and running in a secure fashion. It’s understood by betting industry sources that Stats Perform Chief Operating Officer Mike Perez is also currently acting as the company’s Chief Technical Officer.

No evidence has been revealed that Stats Perform’s customer systems were affected or if indeed that Stats suffered a data breach. It is actually only the fantasy platform that has been affected and the Stats Perform betting services remain unaffected.

It remains to be seen whether or not the motive, or the attackers, of the Stats Perform cyberattack, will be revealed (if known).

Whether they have been cyber attacks or not is under debate, however, several sportsbooks and DFS sites have experienced outrages recently. GeoComply services crashed during a recent Thursday night NFL game, followed by a Sunday failure at several sportsbooks powered by Kambi. In all circumstances, customer data and funds have remained intact.

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