Several online poker sites have dealt with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks over the past few years, including PokerStars, partypoker, and the Winning Poker Network. You can now add Winamax Poker to this list, as they were hit with DDoS attacks recently.
These attacks are used in order to disrupt the targeted website. They cause a website’s communications to get jammed up, thus messing up a variety of functions. Looking strictly at an online poker room, the site’s cash games and tournaments are hit hard and filled with lag and other problems.
That said, Winamax Poker slowed to a crawl as they tried fending off the DDoS attacks. Luckily, the site has weathered the storm and is now fully operational again.
Winamax Releases a Statement
Winamax took to their Twitter account in order to provide clarification on what happened to them. Here are some tweets they offered as an explanation:
1/ These malicious acts (called DDoS in computer jargon) are unfortunately common on the Internet and are completely out of our control. These only affect a very small amount of players: the majority of players stay connected and can continue to play as normal. However, in order to keep proceedings fair, and in order for the disconnected players to not be put in an unfavourable position compared to the players who can continue playing, Winamax voluntarily interrupts all tournaments.
2/ Neither the quality of the Winamax servers nor the quality of our cyber security are called into question because of these attacks. They have no impact on the players’ data or funds, which are completely secure.
3/ Players who have been affected by the stoppage will be fully reimbursed to article 3.2 of our Poker Terms and Conditions. Reimbursement will be automatic: you will not need to take any further action.
Preventing this kind of situation from ever recurring is our technical team’s number 1 priority.
Why do People Launch DDoS Attacks Against Poker Sites?
Reasons for issuing a DDoS attack against an online poker room can vary. But in many cases, these are used as a method of revenge.
For example, somebody could have lost lots of money at a poker site and be angry about it. Or they could have a negative interaction with customer support and want to get back at them.
In any case, DDoS attacks can severely interrupt a poker room until the site is able to deal with the problem. Winamax, as well as other sites, have managed to fight off these problems. But DDoS attacks can still cause plenty of financial damage.