3/16/10 – Yesterday's story on a Distributed Denial of Service attack on the Internet gambling information portal Casinomeister.com has been followed by reports of a similar if less severe attack over the weekend on the Online Casino Reviewer website.
The two websites are idependent of one another and have different owners. In neither case were the attacks accompanied or followed by extortion attempts.
OCR webmaster Dave Sawyer reported that, like Casinomeister's Bryan Bailey, he was away over the weekend when he became aware that his site had gone down. Sawyer was able to interact quickly with his host company, which is not the same firm as that used by Casinomeister, confining the downtime to only five hours.
"The attack was similar to that used on Casinomeister, although not as widely distributed," Sawyer said. "I am working closely with our hosting company to ensure that OCR is adequately protected against any future attacks.
"The manner of the attacks was quite crude and unsophisticated. They basically iframe your site via a third party site and send a lot of traffic that way."
The second attack has triggered more speculation on the possible perpetrators by the many players who frequent both sites. The consensus appears to be that the originators of the attacks are likely to be among the several online casino operators that have come under scrutiny and exposure as questionable or ‘rogue' operators.
Casinomeister remained down as we went to press Tuesday morning.