DOJ Cracks Down on Russian Ring That Hacked Slots

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The United States Department of Justice has revealed that they've busted a Russian crime ring that hacked slot machines in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and offered illegal poker games to punters.

The DOJ revealed that they've charged 33 members of the crime ring, which they claim have ties to a Russian crime syndicate. 28 of those charged are being detained, but 5 of the suspects remain on the run. The crime ring reportedly had an illegal poker ring in Brighton Beach, New Jersey, and also used electronic devices to hack slot machines in both Atlantic City and Philadelphia.

The crimes were detected when Russian slots players were found to be playing slots methodically while also filming the actions with their smartphones. The footage was then sent to conspirators who provided internal clock data on the machines, allowing players to exploit the game. This data was then intercepted by authorities who began the investigation that led to the arrest.

We are still learning more about the case, and will update this story as more developments arise.

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11 June 2017 - 2:45pm

Quite great number of people involved in that ring which could be a part of the Russian mafia probably because it's a huge organisation, hope that the other 5 would be also caught and charged.

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11 June 2017 - 6:35pm

That is a large number of people, that's true. But a good thing that they caught them so people won't be playing hacked/rigged games.