The threat of going out of business even temporarily can cause a lot of anxiety for online gambling operators. Systems that don’t appear consistent can lose a lot of business in a short time and a lot of effort to get back the flow of customers. The nature of the internet is a fast and fickle place where loyalty exists but only after long fought marketing battles.
The latest fright for online gambling web sites has been hackers that try to extort funds from businesses they target with what is called a DDoS attack. Prolexic Technologies which is a global player in the world of online protection against such things as the Distributed Denial of Service or (DDoS). Recently more than twenty four online gambling operators have been attacked using very similar techniques. A number of other firms in the online gambling industry have been sent emails, demanding payments of up to $50,000 US to prevent more DDoS attacks.
Neal Quinn, Chief Operating Officer at Prolexic commented, “This appears to be a coordinated global threat. This is a focused level of effort accompanied by blackmail tactics, targeting a single industry in a compressed timeframe.” “The online gambling industry should be on high alert,” he stressed. The blackmail attempts have included escalation warnings, and time-related price increases to put an end to the attacks. The blackmail attempts have included escalation clauses, warning of increased size or frequency – as well as time-related price increases to stop them. Something called the Dirt Jumper DDoS toolkit, is a problem that the Prolexic Security Engineering and Response Team have taken care of. “Business in all industries should be vigilant against Dirt Jumper 5,” Quinn continued, “Our experience shows that new DDoS threats frequently come to market in the online gambling industry before spreading to other targets.” The blackmail attempts have included escalation clauses, warning of increased size or frequency – as well as time-related price increases to stop them.