Oregon’s online sports gambling platform forced offline due to hack
Scoreboard and other gambling applications operated by SBTech went down after being attacked
The Oregon Lottery Commission is also the administrator of the state’s app and website for online sports betting. The service provider is SBTech, and it offers the online betting platform Scoreboard that has just suspended all online operations due to a reported cyberattack. An email sent to all residents with a Scoreboard account indicates that the attack forced the platform to temporarily be taken offline since last weekend, apparently as someone in self-isolation has way too much free time.
It seems to be that the company “brought its systems offline as a precautionary measure in response to a cyberattack—suspending play on Scoreboard and other online sportsbooks using the platform,” was written in the email sent on March 30. It added, “We have no reports of unauthorized disclosure or extraction of player data or account balances.” To date, the website is still offline and an answer from the lottery spokesman is still pending. The email that account holders received implies that some “events over the weekend” are the reason for the site being offline.
In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, Oregon’s lottery was already facing several problems. All video poker machines were turned off since most restaurants and bars are giving only take out services. On top of that, coronavirus has shut down virtually every sports event, leaving Scoreboard without options to wager on.
The relationship between the Oregon Lottery and SBTech is not ideal, as there has been some previous scrutiny. According to what lottery officials shared in one presentation held earlier this year, Scoreboard is not bringing in the revenue that was expected when the contract was first signed. In fact, instead of bringing in revenue, it seems to be causing the state to lose money.