World Cup Attracts Online Betting Cyber Attackers

Published Thursday, June 12, 2014 -
World Cup Attracts Online Betting Cyber Attackers

The world of the internet and online gambling is ripe for cyber attack as was recently witnessed by Cloud-based security service Incapsula. The attack designed to blackmail gaming providers was experienced by Incapsula which the firm says is becoming more common. The 100 gigabits per second distributed denial-of-service attack against an online gambling website client of Incapsula utilized more than five DDoS attack vectors.

The cyber attackers were hiding behind spoofed IP addresses, sustaining the attack against the unnamed site for as long as 24 hours. The size of the attack was extraordinary, as attacks involving more than four vectors are rare and difficult to arrange and just as difficult to defend.
Chief business officer and Co-founder of Incapsula, Marc  Gaffan, was quoted by SCMagazine saying, "Multi-vector events are becoming more and more common...with the evolution of DDoS protection services, attackers are also stepping up their game, using larger and more sophisticated DDoS threats that are specifically designed to identify and exploit security flaws in protected Internet infrastructures."
It is only every four years that the increased betting comes to the online sports betting community from the FIFA World Cup event this year in Brazil. The days leading up to the World Cup, brings security concerns to the forefront. One recent example is the conviction in a Germany man for extortion of online gambling websites just before the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa.  He succeeded in blackmailing three online betting sites while attempting to extort from three more by threatening DDoS attacks.

The FIFA World Cup of football generates an enormous number of betting opportunities that are difficult to keep safe. Online sports betting bookies are vigilant maintaining the security of their customers and they also must be constantly on guard for the hackers that may try to ransom their web locations with complex cyber threats. The World Cup is fun to watch and gamble on but for operators it is a time to watch their backs.  

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