Russian Hacker Attacks Aristocrat’s Poker Machines
A hacker from Russia recently tried extorting $10m or so from Aristocrat Leisure following a successful crack of the spin series for the company's poker machines number.
Understandably an exceptional computer programmer and mathematician, the hacker also threatens he will publicize his cheating tactic that would create chaos for casinos worldwide.
The "legion of field agents" of Alex among whom 4 were charged with committing fraud within USA some years back, moves from casino to casino globally as they use their mobiles for capturing footages of poker machines affected with vulnerabilities.
Alex then analyzes the video clippings along with his team for finding out the time the machines' weaknesses would make possible a payout. After that through a custom application loaded onto one of the agent's mobile the group dispatches "timing data." Prior to pressing the "spin" key on the phone, the device vibrates momentarily. Wired reports that with this strategy the group of four can earn over USD250K per week. News.com.au posted this, August 8, 2017.
There has been attack on poker machines inside Macau, Singapore and USA, but according to Aristocrat, there's no report about attacks inside Australia. The company wouldn't disclose the amount of money the hacker demanded for no longer doing the fraud; however, according to Wired, the sum was in some 8 figures.
Worryingly, the issue can get worse should technical specificities become accessible to rivals alternatively get shared online else through media. Subsequently, a dissection became available of the so-called surreptitious PRNG which kick starts games such as 'Heart of Gold' and '50 Lions.'
The hacker made his extortion attempt over e-mail and afterwards through a phone call at the number of Tracey Elkerton the global chief of product and regulatory compliance at Aristocrat.
Across the world, 100,000 Mark VI poker machines exist, out of which 18,000 are used inside Australia. As per Aristocrat, six hundred Mark VI poker machines inside Australia played games that were prone to the fraud. The company wouldn't disclose the names of the games cracked nor acknowledge the hacker's claims about him cracking particular games being played with the company's current-generation machines.
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