Betat Casino, a popular international online gaming destination, has been subject to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks by yet unidentified hackers, the specialty press reports.
The hackers are apparently trying to extort the operator for Bitcoins. The website has made an announcement to its players complaining about their crippled service, in which they revealed the attack and the fact that the hackers wanted 10 bitcoins (currently about $2500) to stop the attack.
“This attack was vicious, massive and wide spread and hit our entire range of sub-nets, even our CDN has been compromised (Content Delivery Network) as well as our AWS (Amazon’s Cloud Service),” a Betat spokesperson commented on the attack. “To say that 45Gbps of bandwidth is a lot is a gross understatement. These hackers have massive capacity and are highly organized. Luckily, we are well equipped to handle these kinds of attacked and while nothing of this magnitude has been recorded on both our front, nor on the service providers experience, we are highly confident that by end of the week we will have the situation under full control. That said, the next 5-7 days will be rough and our customers may experience times of inconsistent performance.”
In computing, 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. A DoS attack generally consists of efforts to temporarily or indefinitely interrupt or suspend services of a host connected to the Internet.
Basically, it floods the targeted servers with huge loads of data, making them function much slower or not available at all to its users. According to the information available on the internet, these types of attacks are either initiated by groups of hackers with their own agenda, or they can be “ordered” through the dark web for as low as $150.