Friday, August 08 15:43:50
Jason Ferguson, a Canadian named but who denies being the person who allegedly hacked the details of 650,000 Paddy Power users is unlikely to face prosecution.
In a statement to CalvinAyre.com, a gambling news and lifestyle website owned by Canadian playboy billionaire Calvin Ayre, he denied being behind the security breach.
Canadian online newspapers reported today that it is unlikely that he or anyone else will face criminal prosecution.
Instead, Canadian authorities have said the case is a civil matter and also declined to identify the individual.
The Irish bookmaker said the full extent of the 2010 hacking episode became known to the company in recent months when it took legal action with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police to retrieve the compromised dataset.
Following a verification process on a sample of data, they sought and received two court orders to seize the man's IT assets, recover and delete records, examine his bank accounts, other financial transactions, and question him. The court orders were secured and executed in Canada during the second week of July.
While the historical dataset did not contain customers' financial information such as credit or debit card details, individual customer's names, usernames, addresses, email addresses, phone contact numbers, dates of birth and prompted questions and answers were recorded.
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