The Government of Thailand has issued a warning to online gamblers in the country, following an alleged breach of their personal data.
The Thailand Computer Security Coordination Centre (ThaiCERT) said that about 3.3m Thai citizens’ personal information has been compromised and have been found in “foreign database systems which overlap with gambling websites.”
ThaiCERT claimed to have examined a ‘leaked’ database that contained personal data belonging to around 41m individuals, of which 3.3m were Thai nationals. The data in question includes names, birth dates, government identification numbers, phone numbers and banking information.
While ThaiCERT says it’s coordinating a response with the government’s Electronic Transactions Development Agency, it also urges Thai citizens to be suitably wary of any individuals that might contact them by phone, email or social media.
The country’s central bank chimed in by suggesting that Thais who have patronized gambling sites change their online banking or credit card passwords. But if they really want to be safe, Thais should cancel their existing debit/credit cards and request replacements.
Gambling is illegal in Thailand, however, illegal gambling is thriving. There have been several cases of illegal online gambling rings operating in the country.
The agency has warned people against scam phone calls and other fraudulent contacts through social media.