Online betting destination Betat has revealed that they were the victims of a large DDoS attack by hackers looking to extort them for Bitcoins.
The site made the announcement after players this weekend complained that the site was slow and sluggish, revealing that a hacker team came after them and wanted a payment of 10 Bitcoins to stop the assault. The hackers used a Distributed Denial of Service attack to cripple the site, which bombards the victim's host server with an influx of traffic at one time. The casino revealed that they suffered with more than 45 Gbps of bandwidth usage during the attack.
Casino Listings suffered a similar attack about a month ago, although no party has identified itself as the perpetrator of that particular attack.
Commenting on the attack a Betat Spokesman said, "This attack was vicious, massive and wide spread and hit our entire range of sub-nets, even our CDN has been compromised (Content Delivery Network) as well as our AWS (Amazon's Cloud Service)."
"To say that 45Gbps of bandwidth is a lot is a gross understatement. These hackers have massive capacity and are highly organized."
"Luckily, we are well equipped to handle these kinds of attacked and while nothing of this magnitude has been recorded on both our front, nor on the service providers experience, we are highly confident that by end of the week we will have the situation under full control."
"That said, the next 5-7 days will be rough and our customers may experience times of inconsistent performance."