Betat the Focus of Weekend DDoS Attack

Betat the Focus of Weekend DDoS Attack Players that were experiencing problems at Betat and Slotty Vegas over the weekend were notified that they were combating a Distributed Denial of Service attack.

Betat's notice to players included the details surrounding the ransom demand from the attackers, who call themselves "the DD4BC Team". They say they have previously conducted attacks on Neteller, Bit Coin Bounty Hunter and Excoin.

The following is the communication Betat Group initially received:

"Recently, we were DDoS-ing Neteller. You probably know it already.

"So, it’s your turn!

" and is going under attack unless you pay 10 Bitcoin."

"Please note that it will not be easy to mitigate our attack, because our current UDP flood power is 400-500 Gbps, so don't even bother.

"Right now we are running small demonstrative attack on your server.

"Don't worry, it will stop in 1 hour. It's just to prove that we are serious.

"We are aware that it's weekend and you might not have 10 BTC at the moment, so we are giving you time until Monday to get it and pay us.

"IMPORTANT: You don’t even have to reply. Just pay 10 BTC to XXXXXXXXX – we will know it’s you and you will never hear from us again.

"We say it because for big companies it's usually the problem as they don't want that there is proof that they cooperated. If you need to contact us, feel free to use some free email service.

"But if you ignore us, and don't pay until Monday, price to stop will go to 20 BTC and will keep going up for every hour of attack.

"It’s a one-time payment. Pay and you will not hear from us ever again!"

A Betat spokesman confirmed that the sites were hit with 45 Gbps of DDoS bandwidth on Monday.

"This attack was vicious, massive and wide spread and hit our entire range of sub-nets, even our CDN has been compromised (Content Delivery Network) as well as our AWS (Amazon's Cloud Service), said the spokesman on Tuesday.

"To say that 45Gbps of bandwidth is a lot is a gross understatement. These hackers have massive capacity and are highly organised.

"Luckily, we are well equipped to handle these kinds of attacked and while nothing of this magnitude has been recorded on both our front, nor on the service providers experience, we are highly confident that by end of the week we will have the situation under full control.

"That said, the next 5-7 days will be rough and our customers may experience times of inconsistent performance."

"They have now moved onto legitimate businesses," the spokesman said.

"I strongly suggest that you speak to your individual CTO's and re-visit your DDoS mitigation services and the resiliency of your network. The hacking group claims that they have 400-500 Gbps sustained DDosS capacity."

The spokesman also said that the DDoS assault is not a hack meaning player data is not at risk.

"Our systems are built in a way that segregates front end environments from any back end applications and databases. The data is never open to the public in any way.

"The most that can ever happen when playing on our sites, is that in case of an attack and/or a hack, website pages are exposed. The data structure is built on an internal network and bets communicate over an encrypted "backbone" channel - effectively meaning that whenever there is a web -level attack, the channel is shut down stopping all play and all communication.

"This is the reason you experience a termination of service rather than a degradation. It carries a greater impact on revenue stream, but the service security is maintained."
  • this is very worrying because cyber crime seem to be covered by multiple layers getting harder to know who are the villains behind. i also got that email but since then no sign to let the players know if this was resolved. Betat was the first casino i know that used bonuses that don't tied in real funds, withdrawals being possible if the bonus was not touched so they have a special place in my heart but i wonder if this public announcement did any good to either part involved. i think more companies are attacked this way and being silent and not responding to hackers leads to silence at one point. shouting loud may piss the hackers off and make them a long time target...
  • I think it's stupid for anybody to risk to spend some time in jail for around 2400$ which is the equivalent of 10 bitcoins. And if the hackers are more than one, as it seems it's even more stupid. Well done to the Betat management for the reaction and for the public statement.
  • Pretty nasty. I notice that there is very little mention of organized crime on comments, in general and I wonder why. Maybe this particular incident might not be the best time to bring it up, It is a scary prospect though that people might look at leisure spending as a place to try out their scams but it is unlikely that that is not the case. I haven't been back onto Bet-at; I must admit that I"m a bit spooked. These types do not reveal their overall strategy and in a way I think that that matters.
  • Personally, I was impressed that Betat didn't try to keep this attack under wraps and instead made the bold decision to inform customers of what was going on by email. Contrast this with Neteller, who may have posted status updates on Twitter but otherwise didn't take proactive measures to let members who don't check/know their communication channels what was going on with the site last week.
  • When an attack is noted to be in progress, the site shuts down. That is possibly the best for all concerned, except for the lose of revenue by their site and of course and the players inconvenience. Everything should remain safe and uncompromised. Except for the previously stated, as long as the threat is defused the only other inconvenience is that both the customer and the site must wait until all programs safely restart. Sounds like all is under control with minimal complications. Hope that most companies are equally prepared.
  • DDoS attacks seem to be on the rise . A know of a MMO gaming gambling site that deals with in game currency rather than cash but it takes money to get that currency , anywoo they get attacked at least once a week . Its more or less a pain in the butt as the site has to be down for a few hours til IT can get it back on track . Its concerning they are attacking neteller and online casinos now . Hopefully things can be put into place through IT to catch all these idiots doing this . Most casinos I try to use prepaid gift cards so my info isn't floating around to get hacked . You hear bout these things a lot more than several years ago.
  • Yes, big part of us already know about attack on Neteller and I hope that all our private informations are secure just like our money on our Neteller accounts were safe. This group of "hackers" or "attackers" want to "scare" us and after I've reed this news I must say that maybe I'm a bit "scared". Anyway, I believe in all technical supports that works on casinos that I'm playing and I hope that they will "defend" all our informations and money safe and secure.

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