A large security hole was found on the Cake Poker network the other day. The security hole means that information with bad encryption (not SSL like many other sites) is being sent between Cake Poker's servers and players, which makes it easy for a hacker to crack the code and see hole cards, login details and other information.
Lee Jones, cardroom manager at Cake Poker, explained in a forum thread that he had asked the security team to look over its security a few months ago after that he had heard about another poker site where the security was lacking when connected to an unencrypted wireless network.
The security team explained to him that they had no problems whatsoever and that there was nothing to worry about. But as we all know now - the security team's words were just taken out of the blue as it's now proved that there clearly is a security hole in the code. However, according to the ones who found the security hole and cracked the code, it's only possible for a hacker to crack the code if he's in range of a poker players unencrypted wireless network.
We will probably hear a lot more about this in the next few days. For now, we can just hope that Cake Poker takes care of the issue ASAP so that its players can feel 100% safe.
Here are few tips from Lee Jones on how you can avoid to be exposed for cheating.
* Make sure that your computer is secure. Run anti-virus and spyware detection software, don't share your computer's password with anybody else, etc. * In terms of network security, the most secure thing you can do is play on a wired network. Plugging your computer into a router or modem with an Ethernet cable is the best defense against your packets being sniffed. * If you are on a wireless home, dorm, or other network that is WPA2 protected, that's your next most secure solution. * We encourage you not to play on a wireless network which is not password protected. For instance, if the coffee shop around the corner just plugged a wireless router into their cable connection and announced "Free WiFi", you shouldn't be playing on the Cake Network there. It's worth noting, in fact, that you shouldn't be doing anything of financial importance over an unprotected wireless network (poker, banking, etc).
Do you feel safe when playing poker online? Maybe you have been exposed for cheating? We wanna hear your stories! Of course we also welcome everyone else to post comments and thoughts on this.
Posted by shokaku: If someone is playing for a large amount of money over an unencrypted wireless network he has only himself to blame if something fishy is happening. It is an invitation for disaster.
Posted by Cliffem: Cake poker is terrible at the best of times,Awful slow software and now risky to,AVOID
Indeed! Thankfully, I got to play there via a No-Deposit bonus from another affiliate (inferior to the infamous BankrollMob). Anyways, it was easily my worst experience with online poker. Boring, non-custom avatars (unlike the fun, varied selection of non-custom avatars on Full Tilt), piss-poor user interface, and that's just the beginning. The cash games are much tighter than I was prepared for, and that eventually led to me losing the entirety of my bankroll (over a month and a half), but hey, playing with real money for free is always a win-win scenario! I'm always playing over an unsecured, though wired network, so I dunno if I ever had my shit hacked, LOL, but I could care less at this point . . .
PokerTableRatings (PTR) July reported his communication, in which he reports on it,, safety one on 26 Cake Poker found a gap in a network's software. The players and Cake Poker because of data running between a network, the weak coding, easy-to-access one the third is afraid for him, who may display the players' sheets so,, and may get at their password. The mistake similar, than that early Cereus network discovered PTR, Cake SSL considered the standard individual XOR uses a coding instead of encryption, what Windows are with a calculator simply can be blistered. Cake Poker a network cheats his players with this, since it is claimed on their official website, 256 bit TwoFish their protection, which is a bar, is built upon an algorithm cannot be considered for a standard, for safe one yes. PTR programmers established it however, i can't believe it, 32 bit XOR use a coding in the network's truth.
Ive been playing on cake for about a year ..playing low stakes cash and doing ok. Then switched to mainly sng's $5-10-20 . was doing great playing well and winning till about 2-3 months ago . I thought it was just a down swing but this news makes me think maybe not .. cant win like my apponents are psychic??? Maybe this is just a siutable excuse for my slide but bit wierd nontheless!!!
It's not an excuse that you're being playing in a non-secured wireless network. Software must supply, at least, login with an encrypted protocol. You can be sniffed but your identity is safe because of the encription. However, if your are "open", you could be injected with a key-logger application, so u're beaten too. As a software engineer, in my humble opinion, this is a monster bug! If the manager said "solution: don't play in open network" he is not assuming his responsability. Is like if i build a car with a problem in 5th gear and i say "avoid highways!". Pathetic!
unlikely that anyone was cheated in this scenario, at least not before PTR exposed the hole in the system defense publicly/// I wonder if not advising the network b4 posting it would have been more responsible...
Hi Well if they is a risk,I think its bad,we are risking our hard earn cash right everyone!!!?? Then maybe we should AVOID playing there until the PROBLEM,is fixed!!! Especially if you play high stakes.......too dangerous as far as i am concerned