PokerStars is investigating an account that is allegedly involved in “forced disconnection” denial of service (DoS) attacks against players in heads up SNG tournaments.
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Pokerfuse exclusively covered the rising concern of these attacks in April, following a spate of player reports that they had suffered apparently “targeted” disconnections in cash games and SNGs.
Normally, DoS attacks are synonymous with large-scale attacks against banks, payment processors and other large-scale public-facing websites. However, the same principle can be used against individuals too, as long as a user’s IP address is known.
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The forced disconnection only needs to last a few minutes—long enough to time out at a critical point in a pot, causing them to forfeit their hand, or blind out of a fast-structure Heads Up Sit and Go tournament.
Previous accusations have been made of players on the Revolution and Microgaming networks. Now, apparently rather blatant abuse is occurring in high-stakes games on PokerStars.
The player in question, who recently went on a 14-game winning streak in fast-structure heads up SNG tournaments, was the benefactor of multiple disconnections of his opponents, players report. Most games were at the $100 and $200 buyin level, with at least one at $1000. Slot machine rtp.
Both the alleged scammer’s and victim’s accounts have been frozen while PokerStars investigates.
As pokerfuse wrote back in April, forced disconnections are not only theoretically possible, but a serious concern that already plague other forms of online gaming. And obtaining an IP address is often easier than you would expect:
The ubiquitous Skype, the “standard” for instant messaging in the online poker world, has a particular security flaw that exposes your IP address when you are connected. If you know someone’s Skype username and that person is online, their IP address can be revealed using a simple web-based service — you don’t even have to be accepted as a Skype friend.
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Since this article was published, a new beta version of Skype resolves this security hole. Online poker players who use Skype are recommended to download the latest version and enable the new option.