As residents of New Jersey were getting ready to celebrate Independence Day late last week, those who tried to partake in a little online gambling on Thursday afternoon were met with some unwanted resistance. According to NJ.com and later reported by numerous media outlets, four of New Jersey’s internet gaming sites were hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, causing them to be inaccessible for a short period of time.
“At least four casinos were impacted and experienced downtime,” New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) Director David Rebuck said. “We’re continuing to monitor.”
He added that the attack lasted about 30 minutes. According to net-security.org, that is a fairly standard length of time for a DDoS attack, as 90 percent of such attacks last less than half an hour.
The names of the affected websites were not released, though of course players who tried to logon to them and encountered problems should know which ones were hit. There are 16 authorized online gambling sites in New Jersey, most of which are internet casinos. The online poker rooms in the state are BorgataPoker.com and nj.partypoker.com (which are skins of the same room) as well as us.888.com, us.888poker.com, and WSOP.com (the latter three are also skins of the same room).
Rebuck said that the person who initiated the attack threatened to follow-up with a stronger attack in 24 hours unless he was paid a ransom in Bitcoin. The ransom was not paid and he did not do anything else. New Jersey authorities believe they know who the culprit is. Said Rebuck,
Originally appeared at: http://www.pokernewsdaily.com/four-nj-gambling-sites-hit-with-ddos-attacks-27251/