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PokerStars Players targeted by Cheating Spyware

Friday, September 18th, 2015

argentina-online-gambling-hackerOnline poker players may have a new reason to think that PokerStars is rigged: spyware is revealing their hole cards to random hackers.

As discovered by IT security expert Robert Lipovsky, a trojan virus called Win32/Spy.Odlanor has been used against both PokerStars and Full Tilt players. Once a player’s computer is infected, the perpetrator can then try to join their table and, when seated, see their hole cards.

This is somewhat like the “God Mode” that Russ Hamilton against UB players – except, in this case, it’s just faceless hackers who may never be traced.

Poker Players can unknowingly download Odlanor at Any Point

The scary thing about this online poker spyware is that you can download it at any time while downloading useful programs. Lipovsky writes that this is a definite possibility if you get software from sources other than the official website that the program comes from. Poker-related programs like Tournament Shark, Poker Calculator Pro, Smart Buddy and Poker Office can all be used to attach the Odlanor malware.

Odlanor takes Screenshots of Players’ Cards

poker-spywareWhen Win32/Spy.Odlanor is executed, it will take screenshots of PokerStars and Full Tilt tables when the victim is playing at either site. The screenshots are obtained by the hacker, who can see both the player’s cards and ID. They can then search for the player’s ID, join their table, and continue getting screenshots of their hole cards to gain a giant advantage.

Eastern European Countries are heavily using Odlanor

While hackers from any country can use this spyware to unfairly win money, Lipovsky has found that the largest concentration of Odlanor users are from Eastern European countries. Eastern Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus are heavily using this software at PokerStars and Full Tilt.

Given that PokerStars probably knows of the threat now, hopefully they can do something to combat the problem in the near future.