Ultimate Bet Security Breach Affects 3.5 Million Online Poker Players

Published Monday, December 05, 2011 - Online-Casinos.com

Again and again players at certain online poker web sites have entrusted their personal information and found that their data had been leaked to outside sources. The latest news to come from various online gambling news sources has made it clear that some of these operators can not be trusted any longer. Ultimate Bet’s latest breach of its security has revealed , that player’s account information had been publicly posted on the internet. As many as 3.5 million poker players personal account information was leaked.

The link to the account information was made via an anonymous posting,  and was removed only eight minutes after it went up. Even during that short public interval people identified the link and passed the information around.
The data leaked included the player’s name and screen name; birth date; email, mailing and IP addresses; phone number; deposit methods typically used; VIP, affiliate and blacklist statuses; account balance; and players’ Ultimate Bet account numbers, but not bank account numbers thankfully.

Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker, together constitute the Cereus Network have been all but defunct since the U.S. Department of Justice’s actions that seized their domains and much of their assets. Since then most of the players have not been able to cash out, while some overseas non U.S. poker players have been able to withdraw small amounts.
It has been speculated that between the two poker rooms as much as $54 million dollars is owed to the players. Between the two firms it has been suggested that only ten percent of that huge amount is available. Recently the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, where the Cereus Network, is licensed to operate issued an announcement indicating the Cereus Network would liquidate assets to pay the players. Only Ultimate Bet members were affected by the data leak and they are warning those affected to be vigilant of strange phone calls or other uncalled for solicitations.

 

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