|The Italian government have announced that they are set to block over 600 gambling websites at the end of this week in an attempt to stop the fraudulent acquisition of passwords and credit card information.|
The 684 sites have been labelled illegal by the Italian government and these include every operator currently based in the remote gambling jurisdiction of Malta.
Italy’s 2006 Budget agreed to block all gambling websites that were not licensed in Italy and more so, any Italian Internet Service Providers who are found to be in breach of this new law will be heavily fined.
A large number of high ranking gaming sites including the UK’s Betfair have a Maltese license and will therefore no longer be allowed to operate in Italy. As such, backlash is expected from these companies in the form of a legal challenge to the new Italian bans.