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IT security insiders rob casinos of $50K

The two IT security consultants have pleaded guilty to using their knowledge of a casino group's remote-betting systems to steal thousands of pounds.
Written by Tom Espiner, Contributor on

Two IT analysts have pleaded guilty to stealing £33,000 (US$50,000) from a casino group after using their insider knowledge of the group's remote-betting systems to rig payouts.

Londoners Andrew Ashley and Nimesh Bhagat hacked systems at the Gala Casinos group, Croydon Crown Court heard on Friday. After pleading guilty to theft, they were given 200 hours of community service and will have to pay back over £16,000 (US$24,249) each, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Friday. They were also given a one-year suspended prison sentence.

"This was a long and complex investigation into what I believe may be the first case of its kind using IT systems to commit fraud within the gaming industry in the UK, and if it hadn't been for vigilant staff within the casino, the £33,000 (US$50,000) might easily have rolled into hundreds of thousands," detective inspector Ann-Marie Waller of the Metropolitan Police clubs and vice unit said in the statement.

Read more of "IT security insiders rob casinos of £33,000" at ZDNet UK.

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