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Infosec bod wagers web bookie BetVictor is lax on password protection

Updated Gambling site BetVictor has been caught leaving what appears to be the administrator credentials for its website out on the public internet. Security researcher Chris Hogben today said the Gibraltar-based betting site had left help articles online that included usernames and passwords for its internal systems. His secret for …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jun 2018
Poker all in

Google drops poker face, allows gambling apps on Play Store

Google has agreed to let Play Store customers court cruel mistress Lady Luck. A spokesperson confirmed to The Register that, as of August 2, the store formally allows gambling apps. Folk in the UK, Ireland and France are part of this experiment. According to Apple's Developer guidelines, the Apple App Store allows gambling …
Andrew Silver, 4 Aug 2017
Banned

Pas de problème ... Quebec just passed a website blocking law

Canada's second largest province, Quebec, has passed a law that obliges ISPs to block gambling websites. Bill 74 has passed almost without notice (the casino industry being the notable exception) and will see the government agency in charge of lotteries in the province, Loto-Québec, draw up a list of online gambling sites that …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 May 2016

AMD poised to insert chips into Japanese slot machines, collect coins

AMD is going to reveal a significant customer win within the next few months – in the gambling world. The California biz, which is hurting bad in the PC and graphics card space, really wants to slot its chips into next-gen arcade-like casino machines and pachinko halls to bring home some much-needed cash. It's been wanting to …
Chris Williams, 23 Feb 2016

Cyber racketeers convicted over $1bn international conspiracy

Two members of an illegal international gambling enterprise which operated over the net and telephone have been convicted of a racketeering conspiracy. Kelly Dorn, 53, of Oklahoma City, and Kory Koralewski, 45, of Parker, Colorado, were found guilty of the offence, while Dorn was additionally convicted of conducting an illegal …

Who's come to fix your broadband? It may be a Fed in disguise. Without a search warrant

A Nevada court has ruled FBI agents can dress up as ISP repairmen to blag their way into a suspect's home without a search warrant – but must tell the courts about it when they do. The ruling stems from a case brought by the Feds against Malaysian poker player Wei Seng Phua and his son, whom the agency accused of running an …
Iain Thomson, 4 Feb 2015

National Lottery sleeps through Sunday

The UK National Lottery website seems to have done something nasty to itself on Saturday night, as it crashed out for much of Sunday. We're not sure exactly when the site went down and it's hard to say exactly when the problem happened because the time stamps on the Tweets that tell the story don't translate well when read …
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Casino chain Affinity's credit card system popped AGAIN

US Casino operator Affinity Gaming has had its credit card processing system hacked for the second time in less than a year. The Las Vegas-based company said hackers breached a system last month that processed customer credit and debit cards but had no evidence that cards were compromised. "Affinity Gaming and its IT experts …
Darren Pauli, 6 May 2014
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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

The governor of Wisconsin is set to sign into law a bill which will finally legalise the popular local activity of rubber duck racing, joining Minnesota and Michigan where plastic bathtoy contests are already legal. For years, the organisers of illicit duck races in the state had been forced to live in fear of police raids and …
Lewis Page, 20 Feb 2014
Prison window

IT finance bod coughs to slurping £130k from customers' accounts

IT finance provider Syscap account manager Leigh Jones has been sentenced to 24 months in jail after pleading guilty to nicking more than £100,000 from customers. Jailbird Jones, 40, found that his six-figure earnings weren't enough to fund his spiralling gambling habit. A clerk at Chester Crown Court confirmed to us that …
Paul Kunert, 8 Nov 2013

Number-crunching quant cooks up gambling machine, promises untold RICHES

HPC blog Have you ever wanted to lay a bet down on the Las Vegas sports books? Or take a bundle of money from the suckers in your office's Final Four betting pool? Is it possible to win sports bets consistently over the long haul? According to the guys at PredictionMachine.com, the answer is yes. Their secret weapon? Numbers, baby – it …
Dan Olds, 1 Nov 2013

Online bookies must keep punters' cash in separate account

Licensing conditions proposed by the Gambling Commission may not adequately protect customers against the risk of losing their money or credits if gambling operators become insolvent, an expert has warned. The Commission is consulting on draft plans that, if introduced, would oblige remote gambling licensees, except ancillary …
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Sep 2013
Farmville on the iPhone

Zynga ABANDONS ALL HOPE of opening US gambling operation

Zynga has decided to give up on trying to get a gambling licence in the US, the new revenue stream many investors were banking on to lift the gaming firm's fortunes. The makers of "Farmville" and "Words with Friends", which recently hired former Xbox boss Don Mattrick to replace founder Mark Pincus as CEO, said it now believed …
The Register breaking news

Internet cafés declared 'illegal businesses' in Ohio

Having solved all of the state's other problems, the Ohio legislature has passed a bill outlawing that most foul of societal ills: the internet café. As reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, House Bill 7, which passed the State Senate with a bipartisan vote of 27 to 6 on Wednesday, effectively cuts off the main source of …
Neil McAllister, 24 May 2013
The Register breaking news

Zynga banks fluke profit - won't happen again, says CEO

Top dogs at Zynga say the online gaming firm just needs a little more time to turn around its losing streak - after forecasting worse losses than expected for this year's second quarter. The struggling FarmVille maker managed to scrape together a surprise profit for the first three months of this year after cutting costs, but …
The Register breaking news

Zynga throws chips down on US gambling gambit

To morph gaming into gambling you only need to add the letters 'B' and 'L' and then apply some cold hard cash to the proceedings, so it's hardly surprising to see a bruised Zynga trying to get in on the, er, game. The publicly-trading outfit, which was recently spurned by one-time close partner Facebook, has reportedly filed a …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Dec 2012
The Register breaking news

Facebook touts gambling to 'responsible' Brits

Facebook has - for the first time - opened up its network to gamblers wanting to play online via the service in the UK. The first gambling application on the social network was added this morning. The Mark Zuckerberg-run company has "age-gating" and "geo-location" technology to help determine that anyone wishing to play real …
Kelly Fiveash, 7 Aug 2012
The Register breaking news

Gambling site's 'no strings attached' offer had strings attached

The UK's advertising watchdog has banned an online betting advert for free bets because the company behind it did not make clear that users needed to accumulate certain winnings before the money could be withdrawn. The advert for online casino 888.com contained information that was not properly qualified and omitted details …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Jul 2012

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