New Hampshire Lottery website experiences cyberattack

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New Hampshire lottery officials warned Friday of a cyber attack on its website. Officials said people visiting the site should not click on pop-up messages. Lottery officials announced the cyberattack around 9:30 a.m., although it’s unclear when the attack first began. “The safety of our players and the integrity of our web platform is our primary concern. We have notified our players of this situation and will continue to update the public as we receive more information,” lottery officials told WMUR in a statement. The attack happened on a typically busy day for lottery sales, with the Mega Millions drawing held late Friday night. Lottery officials said they temporarily shut down the website out of an abundance of caution while they address security issues. They said they would restore the site late Friday. Officials said they are investigating and working to fix the problem as soon as possible so they can get the website up and running again. Officials are asking for the public’s patience as they work to resolve the issue. Officials said they have informed web gamers about the situation. It is not known if any personal information was compromised in this attack. Lottery ticket sales at stores across the state have not been affected, which brings relief to store owners like Dave McLaughlin. “Sales at the store weren’t affected so everything was good,” said McLaughlin, of McLaughlin’s Country Market in Concord. Jeff Stutzman is the CEO of New Hampshire-based cybersecurity company Trusted Internet. Although not related to the New Hampshire lottery, he says, generally speaking, these types of attacks are on the rise.”We’ve seen a lot of government sites that have been affected in the last two years. Ransomware has gone through the roof, web applications. All kinds of things have been affected,” he said. is Stutzman. Stutzman said it’s not just the big agencies that have to worry about these types of attacks. He said anyone running a website at home should also ensure proper protection.

New Hampshire lottery officials warned Friday of a cyber attack on its website.

Officials said people visiting the site should not click on any pop-up messages.

Lottery officials announced the cyberattack around 9:30 a.m., although it’s unclear when the attack first began.

“The safety of our players and the integrity of our web platform is our primary concern. We have notified our players of this situation and will continue to update the public as we receive more information,” lottery officials told WMUR in a statement.

The attack happened on a typically busy day for lottery sales, with the Mega Millions drawing taking place late on Friday night.

Lottery officials said they temporarily shut down the website out of an abundance of caution while they address security issues. They said they would restore the site late Friday.

Officials said they are investigating and working to fix the problem as soon as possible so they can get the website up and running again.

Officials are asking for the public’s patience as they work to resolve the issue. Officials said they have informed web gamers about the situation.

It is not known whether any personal data was compromised in this attack.

Lottery ticket sales at stores across the state have not been affected, which brings relief to store owners like Dave McLaughlin.

“Sales at the store were not affected so everything was good,” said McLaughlin of McLaughlin’s Country Market in Concord.

Jeff Stutzman is the CEO of New Hampshire-based cybersecurity firm Trusted Internet. Although not connected to the New Hampshire lottery, he says, generally speaking, these types of attacks are on the rise.

“We’ve seen a lot of government sites that have been affected in the last two years. Ransomware has gone through the roof, web applications. All kinds of things have been affected,” Stutzman said.

Stutzman said it’s not just the big agencies that need to worry about these types of attacks. He said anyone running a website at home should also make sure they have the right protection.

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