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Online Gambling Poses Hacking Risk, Experts Say

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A gambler plays online poker in his apartment in Chicopee, MA, in 2007. Experts warn Canada's provinces to brace for hackers and cheats when they offer online gaming services.

Credit: Stephan Savoia / Associated Press

Online gambling experts are warning Canadian provinces to brace themselves for hackers, cheats and criminal gangs that target gaming sites. The warning comes after British Columbia launched its online gambling site, a venture that was marred by a series of glitches. The province, the first in Canada to launch an Internet casino operation, abruptly shut down operations mid-July, just hours after the launch, due to "load issues."

BC Lottery Corp. had more unanticipated technical glitches Thursday (August 19), but after hours of delays, they were up and running again early Friday morning. The site offers players blackjack, video poker and slots among other games.

As a result, BCLC continues to investigate the cause of what it calls "data crossover" that allowed users unauthorized access to 134 player accounts.

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