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Double Trouble: US Arrests Two More in DraftKings Account Hacking Ring


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The dark side of online sports betting came into sharp focus this week as the US Department of Justice charged two additional individuals in a widespread hacking scheme targeting DraftKings accounts.

This development follows the October 2023 indictment of seven others involved in the scheme, highlighting the evolving tactics of cybercriminals and the need for robust online security measures.

The Alleged Scheme:

Prosecutors accuse the defendants of using a technique called “credential stuffing” to gain unauthorized access to DraftKings accounts. Credential stuffing involves using stolen login credentials from other online breaches to attempt access to accounts across different platforms. Once inside, the suspects allegedly used various methods to siphon funds, including placing bets and selling access to compromised accounts on the dark web.

Estimated Impact:

While the full extent of the financial losses remains under investigation, reports suggest the scheme potentially targeted thousands of DraftKings accounts. This incident raises concerns about the security of online betting platforms and the vulnerability of shared credentials across multiple platforms.

Protecting Your Bets: 10 Tips to Stay Safe:

  1. Unique & Strong Passwords: Implement unique, complex passwords for every online account and enable multi-factor authentication whenever possible.
  2. Beware Phishing: Remain vigilant of suspicious emails, texts, and links, and never share personal information unless you’re absolutely certain of the sender’s legitimacy.
  3. Regular Password Updates: Update your passwords regularly, especially after data breaches involving platforms where you have accounts.
  4. Beware Public Wi-Fi: Avoid using public Wi-Fi for sensitive activities like online banking or accessing financial accounts.
  5. Monitor Financial Statements: Closely monitor your financial statements for any suspicious activity and promptly report unauthorized transactions.
  6. Use a Password Manager: Consider using a reputable password manager to generate and store unique passwords for all your accounts.
  7. Enable Security Features: Explore and enable additional security features offered by online platforms, such as login alerts and spending limits.
  8. Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity threats and trends to adapt your defenses and remain vigilant.
  9. Report Suspicious Activity: Report any suspicious activity or potential breaches to the platform in question and relevant authorities.
  10. Demand Secure Platforms: Advocate for strong data protection regulations and hold online platforms accountable for user security.


The DraftKings account hacking scheme serves as a cautionary tale for online bettors and users across platforms. By prioritizing robust cybersecurity measures, practicing informed online behavior, and demanding accountability from platforms, we can create a safer digital environment for everyone. Let’s remember, online security is a shared responsibility, and collective action is key to protecting our financial information and digital identities.

Ouaissou DEMBELE
Ouaissou DEMBELEhttps://cybercory.com
Ouaissou DEMBELE is an accomplished cybersecurity professional and the Editor-In-Chief of cybercory.com. He has over 10 years of experience in the field, with a particular focus on Ethical Hacking, Data Security & GRC. Currently, Ouaissou serves as the Co-founder & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Saintynet, a leading provider of IT solutions and services. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company's cybersecurity strategy, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations, and identifying and mitigating potential threats, as well as helping the company customers for better & long term cybersecurity strategy. Prior to his work at Saintynet, Ouaissou held various positions in the IT industry, including as a consultant. He has also served as a speaker and trainer at industry conferences and events, sharing his expertise and insights with fellow professionals. Ouaissou holds a number of certifications in cybersecurity, including the Cisco Certified Network Professional - Security (CCNP Security) and the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), ITIL. With his wealth of experience and knowledge, Ouaissou is a valuable member of the cybercory team and a trusted advisor to clients seeking to enhance their cybersecurity posture.


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