Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Raymer’s Account Hacked

But not for long. Greg Raymer’s account on Poker Stars was cracked by a brute force hacker, who then brilliantly opened up a bunch of tables and began dumping chips to the same player hand after hand. Apparently he was oblivious to the fact that whenever Raymer plays at Poker Stars, dozens of people are watching him and would notice this odd behavior. Support was paged immediately, the accounts were shut down and all the money returned.


  1. #1 jw
    March 28, 2007

    Crackers have used DDOS attacks to exort money from online gambling sites, and password guessing is a popular attack against etrading accounts, so it’s not surprising that they’ve put the two together. It’s possible that the crackers had no idea who Raymer was, and simply were using password guessing attacks against every account. I see such attacks every day against my home PC, and I don’t have any financial data stored there.

  2. #2 tacitus
    March 28, 2007

    Who still has a system that allows brute force hacking these days? Really, Poker Stars should be ashamed of themselves.

  3. #3 Sean
    March 28, 2007

    jw: I just skimmed the article. How did DDOS play a role in this attempted poker theft? My reading was just that they bruteforced the password and made a poorly conceived try at laundering his money into another acount.

    What kind of password guessing are you seeing at home? Random hoping that you have ssh up and running?

    tacitus: *shrug* Article doesn’t give much detail beyond stating Raymer had a craptacular password. Was the bruteforcing a script that hit the site ten thousand times in two minutes (in which case, shame on the site) or did the crook guess ‘poker’ was the password on the third try (in which case, monster shame on Raymer)?

  4. #4 stogoe
    March 28, 2007

    Hey, don’t blame people for having sucky passwords. Remembering things is hard.

  5. #5 Chris F.
    March 28, 2007

    But you don’t even have to remember your password on PokerStars. You just have to type it once and click the “remember my password” checkbox. There’s no real excuse to have a bad password, especially since Greg Raymer probably has a pretty decent sum of $$$ in his account.

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