07th Dec2017

The Dark Web: Home for casino cyber-attackers

by James Smith

Given the billions of dollars earned every year by the online casino industry, it is no wonder that this market represents the best target for cyberattackers. What might come as a surprise though, is that land-based casinos are more and more concerned by this problem too, according to a new report.


Not one but many threat types

Last month, international security provider IntSights Cyber Intelligence revealed,  in the company’s Gaming and Leisure Cyber Security Benchmarking Report, the outcome of a six-month project during which they investigated on internet threats targeting 30 leading gambling resorts. It turned out that nearly 1,500 security threats were counted towards these casinos, from DDoS attacks directly on the casino’s informatic system to threats targeting affiliates of the venues, but also stolen credit cards, attacks on slots machines and guides to scamming resorts.

Alexandra Carney, IntSights Digital Marketing Manager, posted in an article on their website that they see in this trend the three largest threats to the gaming industry, which are carding scams, fake or phishing domains and log-ins with money balance for sale. “But, how do I know if casinos near me are targets for these kind of attacks ?” Well in order not to harm the venues, IntSights decided not to identify the specific gaming properties being targeted. Just know that it is a real trend that has just begun.

The Dark Web, a home for cyberattackers

Some might ask why governments are not fighting harder against these kind of attacks. Thing is, with the dark web, there is no way for them to find out where the attacks come from. Remember, the dark web is the part of the internet that are not indexed by search engines such as Google. This way, people can do there whatever they want without being tracked, including black markets, clandestine organisations or else hackers and cyberattackers.

Reminder of how to use the web securely

Let’s also remember that in order to use the internet safely, it is important to keep in mind that one should never give out your credit card number or other personal information without checking the website or the author of the e-mail asking for it beforehand. If you pay by credit card on a website, the URL must be “https”. And even there, you might be at risk. Always check who is behind the website. If it is a person, it doesn’t look good. If it is a company, it is better, but still… And always check the address: if it is a proper building, good. If it’s a postbox, well, it doesn’t seem reliable, right?

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