Hackers Target Players At PokerStars And Full Tilt
Did you think that losing at poker is always just your bad luck? Well, there might actually be more to it, as security firms started ringing malware alarm bells last week. It was revealed that a new piece of malware, targeting select players at PokerStars and Full Tilt, had the capacity to take screenshots of the players’ hands, allowing hackers to easily win against their unsuspecting victims.
Online poker players are being warned to remain extra vigilant, as a new hacking scandal has emerged. It turns out that Full Tilt and PokerStars players were the main targets of hackers, who installed trojan malware on the computers of many players. Although hacking isn’t unknown of in the world of online poker, this instance is particularly scary because it allows the hackers to see all the hands of cards of the players. Whilst this doesn’t mean that the cheaters can just get some money by infecting someone’s computer, it does give them an unfair advantage of win every poker game they enter.
Trojan That Tracks Your Every Move
IT security firm ESET say that over a 1,000 of cases have been documented since March this year, where the victim’s computer is infected with spyware called Odlanor. This piece of software allows the hackers to detect whether someone’s logged into a PokerStars or a Full Tilt account. Then, they have the capacity to collect all sorts of data.
They take screenshots of the player ID, as well as every single hand they are dealt. Via the player ID they then locate the player and use the screenshots of his hand to win unfairly against him. It remains unknown if the malware is automatic or hackers must log the player data and log onto the poker site to win against the victim manually.
Up to date, it appears that largely players from Eastern Europe have been dealing with Odlanor. Mostly, the victims have been Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Polish, Hungarian and Belarusian. We think it’s just a matter of time until the trojan spreads, so players from everywhere should remain vigilent.
Of course, no one would willingly install malware, but Odlanor masquerades as all sorts of other general purpose, non-malicious software. In light of this hacking situation, online poker players are particularly being warned about being cautious when installing programmes that are poker related, as they might contain plenty of suspicious trojans and malware too, making them and their poker accounts susceptible to hacking attacks.
These include poker databases, calculators and so on. Undoubtedly, keeping one’s operating system up to date and running a reliable antivirus software programme are both musts too.
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