If you play poker online, you've probably played at either PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker. PokerStars has more players than any poker site on the Web, and Full Tilt is in the top 10. But anyone who's played since March of this year could have been cheated by hackers.
Hackers have been using spyware to see the hands of their victims on PokerStars and Full Tilt. Then the attackers join the game and take the victims for as much as they can.
The Daily Mail reports that security firm Eset discovered the spyware, called Win32/Spy.Odlanor. It infects victims' computers when they download tainted software. In this case, Eset researchers say it was loaded through poker-related programs like Tournament Shark, Poker Calculator Pro, Smart Buddy and Poker Office, or disguised as an installer for programs like Daemon Tools or mTorrent.
The spyware shows attackers both the victim's hand and their player ID, so the hackers can join whatever table the victim is gambling on and go all in against them. Eset reported seeing "several hundred" infections, although most were in the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary.
In this case, as in so many others, infected software was to blame. We remind you again to never download any unsolicited attachments or programs, especially in your email. Also, make sure your anti-virus program is up to date, and run regular scans. Find free anti-virus software at our Komando.com Security Center. Know your enemy - read 5 ways hackers attack you (and how to counter them) by clicking here, and bookmark our Happening Now page so you can find out the latest news about hackers, scams and everything tech every day.