A high stakes online poker player says that an unknown hacker used a malicious image file to compromise his account and empty of it of more than $100,000 in winnings – the latest in what players say is a string of scams. Read More ..
The player, who uses the handle _MicahJ_, claims that he was lured into a trap by a fellow member of a twoplustwo forums to an online poker game to size up his online holdings.
That user then sent an email containing a malicious image file that installed a keylogging Trojan on his system. The attacker then emptied the account of over $115,000 in poker winnings over three days.
"I knew I shouldn't have opened it but didn't think until after the matter. I contacted others on suspected scamming but couldn’t get anything done until it was too late," he wrote.
According to the user, who did not immediately respond to requests for comment, the hacker – using the handle highgrind22 - gained access to an account at the website Lock Poker for three days. During that time he made small transfers out of the account to an account linked to a yahoo.com email address. The attacker also played in high stakes games, losing around $80,000 to another player.
The post, on Saturday, elicited hundreds of responses from twoplustwo users, most online poker players themselves. The ensuing conversation has become something of an online 'whodunnit,' with players attempting to uncover the identity of the attacker, and others stepping forward to clear their name from the scandal.