Americas Cardroom today confirmed that their online poker room has been hit with DDoS attacks again over the past week, affecting poker gameplay. In accordance with ACR policy, online poker tournaments were paused during the DDOS attacks while staff worked to mitigate the issue. In some cases, online poker tournaments were cancelled, and registered poker players received full refunds — including the Million Dollar Sunday.
“In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of online poker players, ACR was forced to cancel the Million Dollar Sunday last night,” stated Michael Harris, spokesperson for Americas Cardroom. “Unfortunately, we’ve been hit with continued attacks from an unknown third party. While player funds and information were not affected, these types of attacks do affect gameplay. We will never pay ransom or give in to cybercriminals, and are confident we’ll be able to mitigate and restore full service soon.”
As of Monday morning, though attacks remain ongoing, cash poker games and poker tournaments are now running smoothly while Sit & Go’s and Jackpot Poker games are still in the process of being fixed.
Harris notes that while the site was under DDoS attacks for much of last week, the security team was also able to mitigate the attacks and several of the big Sunday tournaments ran successfully, with larger prize pools than what had been guaranteed in the Sunday Special and several other events.
Americas Cardroom has been hit with DDoS attacks in the past — a type of attack in which cyber criminals flood a company’s servers with traffic in an attempt to bring the site to a halt. ACR’s security team members were able to mitigate past attacks and worked hard to do the same over the past week.
In addition to being notified of such attacks within the software, ACR notifies players of network interruptions through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. Over the weekend, players were kept regularly updated.