Hera Casino Caught Using Pirated Games

Last week we reported on how our sister site Latest Casino Bonuses was able to force 2WinPower to remove some pirated games. This week, the team is back on the prowl, and this time they found pirated casino games at Hera Casino.

The investigation began when several players took to the site's forum to report that slots were behaving strangely. Looking into the games the casino definitely was hosting pirated games. The first game to prove pirated was Pragmatic Play's Dragon Kingdom, which was virtually identical to the original. The only tell was that the game was hosted on the Hera Casino website, not on the original servers. Another pirated game was Super Heroes from Yggdrasil. Once again, the copy was identical but not hosted on Yggdrasil's servers.

Pirated games are a big no-no for online casino players. In addition to being stolen intellectual property, they are almost altered with random number generators, payouts, bonuses, and other key dynamics changed.

A quick look at the Hera Casino website also revealed the fraudulent use of the United Kingdom Gambling Commission logo in the footer of the page. As far as we can tell neither Hera nor its Curacao domiciled operating company, Arm Securities Ltd, are licensed by the UKGC. Clicking the logo takes you straight to the casino's registration page instead of the UKGC hosted licensing page that you would expect to see.

Fraudulent use of the UKGC logo
Note the use of the UKGC logo at the bottom left

We urge all players to avoid casinos caught using pirated software, and we will continue to blacklist sites that knowingly offer pirated games to players.

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14 August 2017 - 7:24pm
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Not saying that LCB is like internet casino police but in the absence of such organization(at least I don't know if there's any) they certainly doing a great job preventing many players from being fraud which no doubtfully will be the case in those last couple of reveals LCB have done, great job really.

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15 August 2017 - 12:40am
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Oh, this is a bad news for players because more software is pirated. And good that these rogue casinos are getting caught in the early stage, hopefully fewer victims out there.

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15 August 2017 - 9:04am
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A long time ago I showed a couple of the guys at LCB how to use the browser's web inspector and other tools to see if a game was pirated. Looks like I created a monster, but definitely a welcome one. lol

Pirating games from Pragmatic Play (formerly known as TopGame) is certainly a new one. The originals are dodgy enough, let alone tampered copies!

I just took a look at their site and found a UK Gambling Commission logo in the footer. They are not licensed by the UKGC despite fraudulently implying that they are. Clicking the logo takes you to the casino's registration form. Erm I updated the article with the info on the logo.

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15 August 2017 - 4:18pm
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It's frightening how good copies they could make, so similar to the originals, but I wonder is that made by an individuals connected to that casino..or any other casino..in general who creates those pirate copies? For sure they have to be a good IT's...I guess Thinking

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15 August 2017 - 5:10pm
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I find it completely insane how casinos would even consider doing this, offering fake games. I mean nowadays places like LCB will find that in a blink of an eye and then they will have serious issues, at least that's what I hope for.

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16 August 2017 - 2:48am
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Well actually the move to using HTML5 instead of flash for games has made it much easier for the bad guys to pirate them. This is because when you play an in browser HTML5 game your browser has to download all the graphics, sound effects, and other resources. So its a matter of looking in the browser cache to get all that stuff then reassembling it again, which is trivial for a good programmer.

Then they have to substitute the server that sends out the spin results with their own. And thats where you are playing with fire if you play these pirated games, because the server and its RNG (if they even use a random one) is not audited or tested by anyone aside from the pirates. And if they are willing to clone games without paying and fraudulently pretend that they are the real thing, I don't think they are going to be too concerned with giving you or me a fair game.

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CL-Ed wrote:

A long time ago I showed a couple of the guys at LCB how to use the browser's web inspector and other tools to see if a game was pirated. Looks like I created a monster, but definitely a welcome one. lol

Oh, CL-Ed, I am sure that you gave birth to a very good monster !!!

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16 August 2017 - 4:58pm
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I don't think they are going to be too concerned with giving you or me a fair game.

Thanks for the explanation Ed, and yes that's probably to say the least, probably they are too concerned of getting all the advantages they could.

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20 March 2018 - 5:57pm
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I was quite surprised when I created an account there and they gave me a lot of nodeposit bonus about $ 50, from that I was not quite sure, then I tried to play in game yggdrasil and the game that I play quite strange with their random, very unfortunate, and this is very fair if they must to get blacklist title,.