Online Gambling Site Cyber Attackers Arrested

Published Monday, August 12, 2013 -
Online Gambling Site Cyber Attackers Arrested

The internet gambling industry is a business that must protect the consumer from criminals who attempt to steal personal information from their files. Many people don’t realize that the operators themselves sometimes become the target of cyber criminals who attack the online gambling domains and create situations that require serious security firewalls.

A recent case is an example of the kind of threat that many businesses that operate on the internet encounter. A cyber attack against a Manchester-based online gambling site has made headlines recently with the arrest of two men who have been accused of attempting to extort money from the site.

Appearing before an Uxbridge Magistrates Court, the two men allegedly attempted extortion in connected to a distributed denial-of-service attack on the Club World Casino online gambling site. British police have arrested the two individuals at Heathrow Airport last week and charged them with blackmail and one offense of unauthorized acts on computers under the 1990 Computer Misuse Act.

The Polish nationals Piotr Smirnaw from Warsaw, age 31 and Patryk Surmacki, aged 35, of Szczecin were arrested after authorities from the USA and Poland in the investigation, along with Greater Manchester Police and the Serious Organized Crime Agency firmed up their allegations.

Security expert Graham Cluley commented, “Extortion attempts involving denial of service attacks certainly aren't a new phenomenon. In the past there have been numerous cases of websites that have found themselves the victims of attempted blackmail by criminal gangs who threaten to bring down their website," Cluley continued: "Often such blackmailers will demonstrate their ability to flood a website with traffic from a botnet of computers, proving their ability to prevent genuine customers from reaching the site, in an attempt to convince their victims into paying large amounts of money."

The two men launched a 36-hour DoS attack against Club World Casino on 2 August 2013, preventing customers from using the website then attempted to blackmail the host.

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