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1 Million Dollar Gauranteed Tournament cancelled becuase of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
If you have been playing poker online in the last month then you know there has been alot of tables freezing and players timing out. This is becuase we are seeing alot of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks plaging the online poker industry. This is what happened on December 14th 2014, when the Winning Poker Network attempted to have the biggest tournament since the Poker Black Friday. The $1,000,000 guaranteed tournament was scheduled, started and cancelled. It started out fine, but ended up being a huge letdown as it was cancelled 4.5 hours into the tournament just before late registration was set to close.
Now several people were saying that it was cancelled becuase the tournament did not reach it overlay and was cancelled for this reason. We and most players believe it was cancelled due to cyber attacks. With 1,937 people registered and forty-five minutes before late registration closed, the tournament was paused and cancelled. A message appeared on the tournament tables stating that the tournament was cancelled and people would be refunded. This was not the first interruption as the tournament was stopped at least two times earlier because of the recent cyber-attacks.
On following Monday the CEO Phil Payton of the Winning Poker Network made a statement reguarding the tournament. He seemed to be genuinely upset about having to cancel the tournament. He said “I’ll tell you what, this is not easy. Well, I don’t even know where to start. This has probably been the hardest week of my life. When you have these internet connectivity issues, you have to filter out the bad traffic that’s coming in, that’s causing the internet connectivity issues, and with that, you filter out some good traffic. Hence, players get disconnected, but the site stays online. He then apologized for the problems and said that he thought they were in the clear because the attacks had stopped before the tournament. Whoever was causing the Internet disconnections was waiting for the million [dollar guaranteed tournament]. The second that it started, the attack started.” He said that players will be refunded and that if anyone was payed in Tournament dollars all they have to do is contact support and they will be compensated in regular dollars.
Many of our members asked exactly what a Distributed Denial-Of-Service (DDoS) Attack is. A denial-of-service (DoS) or distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users. It generally consists of efforts to temporarily or indefinitely interrupt or suspend services of a host connected to the Internet. As clarification, distributed denial-of-service attacks are sent by two or more people, or bots, and denial-of-service attacks are sent by one person or system. As of 2014, the frequency of recognized DDoS attacks had reached an average rate of 28 per hour. Perpetrators of DoS attacks typically target sites or services hosted on high-profile web servers such as banks, credit card payment gateways, and even root nameservers. We got this information on Wikipedia