The customers of a Nigerian popular sports betting company, Bet9ja, have been shut out and left worried over their investments with the company after their website was hacked by hackers believed to be from Russia.
According to reports, many customers of the betting company have been grumbling about their inability to get access to their accounts on the gaming website since Wednesday morning.
Confirming this, the company in a statement released on Thursday evening conceded to the challenge but calmed down and assured their customers of the safety of their funds on the website. In the statement:
“Just like so many market-leading global organisations, Bet9ja recently became a victim of a sophisticated criminal cyber-attack, which is restricting your access to our platform,” the company said in the statement. “We take this matter extremely seriously. Our priority is protecting our customers and you have our assurances that your accounts and all your funds are safe.”
According to the information gathered from the Chairman of KC Gaming Networks Limited and the owners of Bet9ja, Kunle Soname, the company’s website was under a cyber-attack by a Russian hacking group.
Mr Soname, in his statement, disclosed that the hackers have demanded a staggering amount of money to be paid in bitcoin as ransom. However, the betting big gun ascertained that the website would be back online on failing on Friday, March 8.
Mr Soname rubbished the claims that the betting company absconded in order to avoid paying large winnings of customers who recently won, noting that all the winnings will duly be paid once their services are fully restored.
KC Gaming Networks Limited has escalated the ongoing cyberattack on the Bet9ja website to all the relevant federal authorities, Peoples Gazette reported.
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