Malware Danger To PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker Players Exposed
We have covered in detail the real and present danger of online security vulnerability in the internet gambling industry. It can be a carefully planned DDoS attack aimed at blackmailing the gaming company or a simple lack of sufficient security measures in place to protect the online gambler. We all remember the DDoS attack on Sheldon Adelson’s Sands Corporation which led to thousands of credit and other personal details of customers getting into the wrong hands.
A new report coming from San Diego Based security experts Eset gives further concern to the scope of this problem. According to Eset hackers are using malicious spyware to gain a peek at player’s online poker hands and join the games to beat the victims on their hands. Even more alarming is the fact that this security breach affects players at the biggest online poker site in the world, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.
The spyware is called Win32/Spy.Odlanor and like other malware is normally installed when users download apps that masquerade as other programs. Other methods of infection are from poker-related programs like Smart Buddy, Poker Office, Poker Calculator Pro etc.
The malware works in a simple manner, one installed it sends screenshots of the poker clients to the hacker’s remote computer. These screenshots literally how the hackers the exact online virtual hand of the unsuspecting players as well as their player id.
According to Eset several hundred users have fallen victim to the Win32/Spy.Odlanor from as early as March 2015. Most of the attacks originate from East European countries but can affect any online poker players. In terms of protection online players can avoid the malware by ensuring their anti-virus software is fully updated and of course can also report any suspicious activity to PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.