Americas Cardroom Experiencing Severe DDoS Attacks – Again

May 3rd 2018 | Ivan Potocki

ACR DDoS attack

Americas Cardroom has been experiencing sever DDoS attacks for the past few days, making it impossible for the players to log in and play (source: pxhere.com)

America’s Cardroom is one of the largest US-facing poker rooms. This puts the operator in a rather favorable position at one hand, where they cater to a large segment of the market where the competition is fairly low. At the same time, that makes them a target for hackers and ransomware attacks.

This was proven once again as the poker site came under a series of DDoS (Distributed Denail of Service) attacks, making it virtually impossible for the players to log in and play and creating a lot of problems for the operator and players alike.

Reoccurring problems with DDoS attacks

Americas Cardroom has had to deal with similar attacks in the past but the one that was launched a few days ago seemed the biggest and most powerful to date. The attack led to site becoming completely unavailable for a period of time and the interruption of running tournaments, which players weren’t very happy about.

Although ACR technicians tried to get things back on the track, they were only able to do so for a short period, as the new wave of attacks came in again… And then again. This led to frustration on both sides but there was apparently very little that anyone could do.

Who has a bone to pick with ACR?

When the last wave of DDoS attacks came through in September of the last year, ACR’s CEO Phil Nagy blamed it on one of the competing rooms but he didn’t point the finger at any particular operator.

At the same time, there were numerous allegations made against Americas Cardroom, talking about bot networks and collusion happening on the site. Whether these have anything to do with the latest series of attacks remains unknown.

Trying to stay afloat

At the moment of writing this article, ACR seems to be running fine. Last night, however, I couldn’t access their site at all. So, it seems that the most recent wave of attacks isn’t finished just yet although its intensity seems to have subsided.

ACR DDoS attack

It seems the attacks have subsided somewhat at the moment, but unless whoever is behind them decides to stop, ACR will have hard time preventing them from happening in the future

The biggest problem with DDoS attacks is the fact they are virtually impossible to stop if someone who has the required resources is intent on launching them. These attacks do not require the attacker to have any kind of access to ACR’s servers – they’re simply sending huge amounts of spam traffic, clogging the network.

Things should hopefully stabilize in the upcoming days. However, with so much hanging in the air and without ACR being able to do much about the attacks, the best players can hope for is that whoever is behind the attacks will suspend the operation. Otherwise, the resolution could take a while.

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Ivan first started playing poker in 2006 and played professionally from 2010-2013. He holds a BA in English language and literature. Since joining the Beat The Fish team in 2016, Ivan has made an immediate impact, leading the news section and contributing numerous feature articles. You can reach Ivan directly at ivanpotocki@gmail.com

  • ACR has been in the news a lot lately – and not for the right reasons. It all doesn’t really inspire much confidence.

    I really hope they can get their act together. When they’re on, they’re one of the better online poker rooms, especially for US players.

    DDoS attacks really seem to have picked up against the US-facing poker sites over the past 6 weeks or so, but America’s Cardroom seems to be dealing with it the worst. As we speak, I can’t even load the lobby or view the cashier. They could lose a lot of players over this and I wouldn’t blame them.

    Spend a day or two of that juicy rake and hire some quality DDoS consultants to make sure it never happens again. While they’re at it, have them weed out the collusion rings and develop a mobile client. K? Thanks.

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