Irish bookie follows stolen client cache to Ontario basement

by Katia Dmitrieva and Donal Griffin, Bloomberg

Jason Ferguson said the job was straightforward: buy a gambling company’s client data and flip it to a rival who could use the information to win new customers.

Instead, the story ended last month with a fleet of cars arriving outside his home in a cul-de-sac in a suburb of Brockville, a town three-and-a-half hours drive northeast of Toronto. The convoy included forensics experts and representatives of Paddy Power Plc, the operator of the largest online sports book in the U.K. and Ireland.

After Ferguson was shown court orders, the 40-year-old led the team to his basement, where they seized a hard drive and other equipment containing the names, contact details, addresses, dates of birth, and secret questions and answers for more than 600,000 Paddy Power clients that they later wiped clean...

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Ana Gerardino