New Jersey online casinos are hit with a DDOS attack


Posted on the 12th of July 2015

New Jersey online casinos are hit with a DDOS attack

On the 2nd of July, four regulated New Jersey online casinos suffered DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks that took down the sites for at least half an hour. The DDOS attack was followed by a ransom note for an undisclosed amount of money to be paid by Bitcoin and the threat of more severe and crippling cyber attacks if the payment wasn’t made. The ransom money was not paid, and there were no further attacks on the casinos. A DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack is basically when a hacker overwhelms the web site with so much fake computer generated bot traffic, that it becomes impossible for real human traffic to access the web site. The Division of Gaming Enforcement, the State Police, the FBI and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security are currently investigating the cyber attack.

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