** I decided to write an article about how to keep your online money safe after reading an article about high-profile players were getting their online accounts hacked through various means.
I approached a computer hacker who knows more about computer networking than the NERD-on-Site guy who comes over and reboots your modem for $60 a pop.
He has a Bachelors degree in computer network engineering from Westwood College of Technology. and has a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification, as well as a Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) certification. He has worked for companies such as IBM, Cisco Systems, and Dell.
We talked about the best way to keep your online money safe and how to prevent it from ever being at risk.**
In general, the casual players are pretty safe. It would take quite a bit of work to do a sophisticated hack against individuals in their homes, and generally speaking it would not be worth the time or effort to go after such a small “score”.
That is not, to say that it can’t or won’t happen, just that the chances are fairly low. However, the people that keep large sums in their online accounts should take extra precautions to safeguard themselves. My thoughts are that if you are playing poker online for a living you should treat your computer security just like any other business would since internet poker is your business.
There are multiple ways of going about it, but one fairly simple way to do it would be to simply get a rootkit* installed on their machine; there are several ways to go about this (which I won’t go into for fear of getting just a tad too technical), but once they have your machine rooted they can pretty much do whatever they want.
The easiest thing to do would be install a program that records every key stroke that you type, and simply wait for you to type in your password. Now lets say you check the little box that says to save your password – well, then they just start looking through files for it or they simply uncheck the box and make you type it in and then they have access to your account and pretty much anything else that they want.