Answer: Unbelievable spin for an unbelievable BC government screw-up.
Years ago First Nations discovered casinos were a great way to make sure fools and their money were soon parted, and gambling joints started springing up on reserves in Canada and the US.
It didn’t take long for local administrations figure out there was money to be made and next up were online casinos, with the provincial government in British Columbia the latest to authorise an official gaming website.
In BC, however, all has not gone well.
A ‘crossover’ occurred. In other words, some online gamblers happily discovered they were plugged directly into the accounts of other online gamblers.
DON’T PANIC! panicked the BCLC, the Crown corporation which “offers socially responsible gambling entertainment while generating income that benefits all British Columbians” and which is in charge of the site.
On the site >>>
PlayNow.com is Currently Unavailable
We are experiencing technical difficulties and are working to correct the matter.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause you.
If you have not been contacted by BCLC, your account has not been impacted.
If you require more assistance, please contact Consumer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-815-0222.
Thank you for your patience.
Explains the BCLC in a huff’n'puff >>>
Due to tremendous interest and traffic associated with the launch of casino games on PlayNow.com on July 15th, BCLC servers experienced load issues causing what is technically referred to as a “data crossover”.
A data crossover occurs when one player logged into a website account is accidentally switched into another player’s account while they are playing. This situation applied to 134 of the thousands of PlayNow.com accounts logged in.
These 134 accounts could have been inadvertently accessed by any one of up to 105 players who were also online at the time. BCLC’s assessment concludes that 12 of these 134 accounts had a measure of sensitive personal information viewed by another player. All impacted players have been contacted.
Upon learning of this situation, BCLC took immediate action to shut down PlayNow.com, enabling a full assessment to occur. BCLC’s assessment, verified by third party security experts, shows no evidence of external interference or “hacking”.
BCLC treats this matter with utmost seriousness.
(Thanks, everyone on-and offline)
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