This was disclosed by Bet9ja in a statement in which it identified the perpetrators as the Russian Blackcat group, who are famous for several attacks on huge companies around the world.
The gaming site said that the group has already demanded ransom but it insists it will not accept the conditions of the hacker group.
What they are saying
Part of the statement reads, “The entire Bet9ja system has been under attack by the Russian Blackcat group who are famous for several attacks to huge companies in the world. It is a huge hacker attack by this Russian group but our people are working from yesterday without stopping for a minute to restore all the services but it is not easy.
“They are asking for ransom already but we will never accept their conditions. it is important to let you know this so that we are all on the same page. They have hit us hard but of course they cannot kill us. We will stand our ground and come back even much more stronger.
“Please do not be discouraged, we will surely restore things as soon as possible and provide update on the progress.”
Bet9ja acknowledged in an earlier social media post that user funds and winnings are safe as it is working to resolve the issue.
Just like so many market-leading global organisations, Bet9ja recently became a victim of a sophisticated criminal cyber-attack, which is restricting your access to our platform.
We take this matter extremely seriously. Our priority is protecting our customers and you have our assurances that your accounts and all your funds are safe.
We appreciate your patience and understanding at this difficult time.
We will be back stronger as soon as is technically possible, rewarding you with a truly sensational bonanza of promotions.
What you should know
- According to reports, the Russia-linked cybercrime gang, BlackCat, was behind the ransomware attacks that took down a swath of and hindered payments at some German filling stations in January
- It was reported that hackers using a strain of ransomware known as “Black Cat” infected computers at Mabanaft GmbH and Oiltanking GmbH Group.
- BlackCat (also known as ALPHV) is a relatively new ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) operation, which has been aggressively recruiting affiliates from other ransomware groups and targeting organisations worldwide