Americas Cardroom and its Winning Poker Network were subject to a Distributed Denial of Service attack this past weekend. This is not the first time the network or poker room were attacked and this time around, it was the Online Super Series Cub3d that was affected, along with other games. The problems started on Thursday evening and continued throughout Saturday.
The issues were first made known to the public by America’s Cardroom via Twitter late Thursday evening. The online poker room reported that they were experiencing a DDoS attack and that running tournaments were paused, with updates to be provided.
A little while later, the poker room announced that tournaments in progress would be cancelled and refunds would be provided based on the terms and conditions of the site. This all happened between 8 and 9 pm. By 9pm, the site as back up but the attacks continued with players seeing interruptions later on in the evening.
Problems would continue into Friday with game play being stopped and started several times that day. By noon on Saturday, it seemed the tech specialists of Americas Cardroom had finally been able to fix the situation for good.
According to PokerNewsDaily, WPN CEO Phil Nagy took to Twitch to discuss that the attacker demanded a ransom but that he was not going to cave in to demands. Several messages were posted by Nagy of what the attacker was saying in the hopes that by making the messages public, the individual responsible would become nervous and stop.
The Winning Poker Network first experienced a DDoS attack in late 2014. A DDoS attack happened again in 2015 in both September and October. What happens during a DDoS attack is that the server is flooded with millions of communication requests, all happening at once. This activity overwhelms the server and stops operations. This is a major problem for online poker operators and as the attack comes from tons of IP addresses it can be difficult to stop. For now, Americas Cardroom seems to be up and running with no problems with service since Saturday.