In today’s digital world hacking and identity theft is a daily occurrence.
With New Jersey being the first State of offer Legal Online Gaming many global hackers were waiting for their moment to strike the online casinos.
Like a storyline from a James Bond movie, four Atlantic City online casino gaming websites were hacked in an attached that took place over last holiday weekend!
The New Jersey DGE Director David Rebuck said that these websites were a direct target of “distributed denial of service (DDoS)” style hacking attack that lasted for 30 minutes.
Then, like a nightmare the hacker followed up with a threat of continuous attacks in the future. The next series of attacks would be more powerful than the first if a Bitcoin ransom was not paid within 24 hours.
DGE Director Rebuck continues, “follow-up attack had the potential to not only negatively impact the targeted casinos, but also all business in Atlantic City” that share the same Internet Service Provider (ISP).
DDoS attacks are an online attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming the website’s resources; thus taking the website down.
“In a DDoS attack, the incoming traffic flooding the victim originates from many different sources – potentially hundreds of thousands or more. This effectively makes it impossible to stop the attack simply by blocking a single IP address; plus, it is very difficult to distinguish legitimate user traffic from attack traffic when spread across so many points of origin.”
Good news for the four casinos that “the threat was mitigated with no significant disruption to the service. All involved remain on heightened alert but are relieved that the holiday weekend has passed without incident.”