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ACR Fends Off Latest DDOS Attack

America’s Cardroom (ACR) and its host network, the Winning Poker Network, appear to have successfully fended off the latest in a long-running series of DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks targeting its online connectivity.

ACR, one of the larger grey-market sites in the online sphere, first notified its customers of the ongoing attack late on Thursday, August 31st. The attack stretched well into Friday, September 1st, when ACR used social media to report that the attack had been “mitigated”. The method of mitigation, however, caused a secondary series of service problems, which caused additional downtime for WPN that stretched into yesterday, Saturday, September 2nd.

The extended downtime certainly caused some temporary business losses for the attackers, who often launch such extortion-based schemes just prior to busy events or periods for their targets — in this case the United States’ extended Labor Day holiday weekend. In this case, the disruption caused the cancellation of several events in ACR’s ongoing OSS Cub3d series.

America's Card Room LogoAs with other offerings underway or scheduled to occur during the attack’s timeframe, the OSS (Online Super Series) saw its affected events end with the forced closure of tourney tables. All ongoing tourneys on the site saw refunds issued to players in accordance with the site’s rules covering such service outages.

Despite the attacks, ACR and WPN were able to get their services fully restored in time for the bulk of their holiday-weekend schedule, including the latest addition of ACR’s Million Dollar Sunday, which also doubles as Event #72 on the latest OSS’s schedule of events.

Here’s the Tweet sequence from ACR detailing the beginning of the DDOS attack, its effect on the site and network, and the restoration of services:

 

ACR paused action for one more brief period on Saturday before services were fully restored. The on-again, off-again nature of any online service’s responses to a serious DDOS attack is unfortunately the norm for such episodes, as the attackers bring ever-increasing waves of bot-based resources to bear on their extortion targets.

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