ONLINE CASINO SUBJECTED TO EXTORTION ATTEMPT
07th April, 2015 at 07:58:30
Criminals launch DDoS attack as casino owner remains defiant
online casino group has communicated with players who were complaining about patchy technical performance over the long weekend, advising them that the operation has been fighting off a significant Distributed Denial of Service attack.
DDoS assaults are mounted by criminal elements trying to unlawfully extort money from the victim by threatening to overwhelm targeted websites with waves of data requests submitted by armies of robot computers.
Betat's communication included details of the ransom demand from the attackers, who title themselves "the DD4BC Team" and claim to have successfully mounted attacks at Neteller
, Bit Coin Bounty Hunter and Excoin.
In their first extortionate communication, the criminals advise:
"Recently, we were DDoS-ing Neteller. You probably know it already.
"So, it's your turn!
"Slottyvegas.com and betatcasino.com is going under attack unless you pay 10 Bitcoin."
The email gives a payment channel through which the company can pay the ransom, before going on to claim:
"Please note that it will not be easy to mitigate our attack, because our current UDP flood power is 400-500 Gbps, so don't even bother.
"Right now we are running small demonstrative attack on your server.
"Don't worry, it will stop in 1 hour. It's just to prove that we are serious.
"We are aware that it's weekend and you might not have 10 BTC at the moment, so we are giving you time until Monday to get it and pay us.
"IMPORTANT: You don't even have to reply. Just pay 10 BTC to XXXXXXXXX
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