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In the world of cryptocurrency, a number of sites are relaying the story that Stake.com, Everton shirt sponsor and major cryptocurrency gambling site, has been hacked to the tune of $41m by the North Koreans.

After an investigation, the FBI has concluded that the hack of crypto gambling site Stake last week was carried out by North Korean hackers Lazarus Group.

Stake.com is a crypto gambling platform that offers casino games and sports betting. It was the victim of a cyberattack on 4 September that drained over $41 million worth of cryptocurrency from its hot wallets. The Stake team stated that the hacker only obtained a small percentage of funds and that users would not be affected.

According to the FBI statement on 7 September, the agency has carried out an investigation and has concluded that the attack was performed by the Lazarus Group, a notorious cybercrime organization believed to be associated with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, known colloquially as “North Korea”.


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Jamie Crowley
1 Posted 10/09/2023 at 14:42:22
Did our sponsor, Stake, get hacked for $41 million???

Can any good luck come our way?

Tony Abrahams
2 Posted 10/09/2023 at 14:46:35
Good on whoever did that, Jamie, and hopefully they never get caught, was my first observation when I read about this the other week.

Maybe everything connected to Everton is cursed right now, and one day soon our luck will eventually change. 🤞

Jamie Crowley
3 Posted 10/09/2023 at 15:16:57
Tony -

Supposedly it was the North Korean government who did it?

If so, I'm not saying good on them! They dabble in all sorts of nefarious stuff due to sanctions. That stolen money isn't Robin Hood style!

But absolutely on the luck thing.

** I just saw this piece this morning. If it happened a week or so ago, why didn't it make any news??

Alex Kociuba
4 Posted 10/09/2023 at 16:53:17
Stake are one of the most morally corrupt and toxic 'registered' betting websites in the world.

In a nutshell, they pay influencers to play their slot machines, and then stream them 'winning'. Young, impressionable types that inexplicably follow these influencers don't realise the full scope of what's going on.

They are particularly scummy tactics. I would happily see them go bankrupt. It is also worth noting that large corporations often are held to ransom by hackers, and unsurprisingly betting websites are a prime target.

Geoff Lambert
5 Posted 10/09/2023 at 17:27:12

I wonder what the odds are on that happening?

Tony Abrahams
6 Posted 10/09/2023 at 17:54:47
One of the most intriguing television shows I have ever watched was about how the American Government had to change the plate with regards the printing of the US Dollar, Jamie.

They said that billions of forged dollars had ended up in amongst the proper money, and the forgeries were that good that they reckoned they could have only been done by another government? The finger was also pointed at North Korea.

Michael Kenrick
7 Posted 10/09/2023 at 21:58:50
The FBI link looks legit, as far as I can tell.
Barry Hesketh
8 Posted 11/09/2023 at 10:40:21
Perhaps the FBI should investigate how Everton FC have been hacked by a Theatre impresario, an errant Iranian, and some extremely unfriendly agents, to the tune of half a billion quid?
Tony Abrahams
9 Posted 11/09/2023 at 10:50:42
The FBI, are possibly the most ruthless contradiction in the entire world.
Dennis Stevens
10 Posted 11/09/2023 at 11:22:31
Have Everton been paid up front? Do the Club need to seek a new shirt sponsor?
Andrew Ellams
11 Posted 11/09/2023 at 12:45:08
Dennis, I wish they would. I'm not comfortable at all with this one.
Dale Self
12 Posted 11/09/2023 at 13:24:28
Tony, may the ghost of Effrem Zimbalist Jr get you for that comment.
Brian Wilkinson
13 Posted 11/09/2023 at 14:21:21
Barry@8, good one, I think even Sherlock Holmes and Columbo, would struggle with that one.
Tony Abrahams
14 Posted 11/09/2023 at 14:55:45
Dale. I couldn’t give an Alma Gluck!
Mike Gaynes
15 Posted 11/09/2023 at 22:25:29
Jamie #3, corporate entities frequently keep hacks a tightly guarded secret. The word does eventually leak out, but it can sometimes happen months later.

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