According to what Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu wrote on his twitter yesterday, he had both his e-mail and PokerStars account hacked. And according to different tracking sites, the hacker managed to play over 400 hands on the "KidPoker" account and lost more than $46k before PokerStars stopped him.
This is what Negreanu wrote when he found out that his e-mail account had been hacked:
"Important: Do NOT send me any emails the account appears to have been hacked. Just landed in LA nice news."
When he found out that his PokerStars account also had been hacked:
"I was on an airplane home while this guy was joyriding my Stars account. He hacked my email and I got that back, still figuring out what happened. When I have all the details I'll share when it makes sense to. Some of you NVGtards really thought that was me??? Man HSP has really done wonders for my image "
Negreanu and PokerStars are now working on rectifying the hacking situation.
This is one of the reasons the DOJ wants to regulate online poker here in the States. At least when they do change the laws here they will be set up to protect the player more, maybe we'll see more pro's move back to the states. that should help the live games. =)
Posted by TheMachineQC: It's his fault... He probably had a simple password. And anyways, that's pocket change for him
Yeah, his password was probably something obvious like DAN or ACE or THINNINGHAIR The money is probably not the biggest deal in the world for him, but there is some personal information that the hacker would have had access to as well. Overall I think it serves as a reminder to people to manage their poker account security like they would their bank account security. Use different passwords for different sites, change the password from time to time, and if the site offers extra security features - use them!
It wouldn't have mattered how simplehard his password was. The hacker had hijacked his email account as well and (obvioulsy) knew his pokerstars username. A simple matter to click 'Forgot Password' and go through the email route of setting up a new password.
I thought that everything was good secured,so that device what u can buy in the vip shop for people whit a lot off money in their account,chance's evry time the pasword,also that didnt help,so u see that everything whats made by human's can be hacked,like the euro bils of 50€ or 10€ the designer told the world that the euro is the best protected money in the world,2 day's after that there was already fake ,not evrything is solid as poker rooms say,if a pc genius want something he will find the answer and take what he want,and its pocketchance for him but who's paying the 46k? And if some thing dont belong to you,you have to stay away off anothers people money,or things,even if the hacker took 1 dollar,it's not you'rs.....
Posted by Indo36M: I thought that everything was good secured,so that device what u can buy in the vip shop for people whit a lot off money in their account,chance's evry time the pasword,also that didnt help,so u see that everything whats made by human's can be hacked,like the euro bils of 50� or 10� the designer told the world that the euro is the best protected money in the world,2 day's after that there was already fake ,not evrything is solid as poker rooms say,if a pc genius want something he will find the answer and take what he want,and its pocketchance for him but who's paying the 46k? And if some thing dont belong to you,you have to stay away off anothers people money,or things,even if the hacker took 1 dollar,it's not you'rs.....
If you take precausions that are out there, there is no chance of "pc genius" as you say, taking anything from you. About euro currency = I can also make a fake 20 euro bill that would most likely pass in exchanging office, but it doesnt matter euro isn't best protected money out there. It just means staff there didnt take all the precausions. It's same in pc security, most people download all kinds of garbage every day looking for that one thing they are interested in and after they find it are left with much more. There is a pretty distinct range of what can you do with your pc and it's far below peoples imagination.
Ho boy, this is a real security matter, first thing first, some comments talk about Daniel account 46k was only pocket change.....Hey realy!!!!, the fact that he as money is nobody's business, he earned it, second, every sunday someone is winning big on the sunday million, and i'm sure they would'nt want their account hack, we should be able to play online with some peace of mind, but it is tricky, so many people can be involved, hackers and friends of those, and also maybe some people keep their passwords on their e-mail account because they have multisites, not a good idea....hope security will increase ....i'm sure they can find from wich computer it has been done ( IPS ).....Can't wait to ear more about it, Let us know Dan and good luck at the table
This is the price of the fame, and probably the hacker tryed to prove himself he could do that. I can understand everything is possible, but it is very bad for pokerstars, everything can think his money is not sure. Pokerstars must do something quickly.
------------ Somebody says that money is pocket change for Negreanu. I think a "few" thousands dollars are too much for everybody. Negreanu need much hours for winning that money.
is so complicated, they are hacking up poker accounts if the account of a pro site has no more security of amateur imagine, already know how the hacker did it? it is interesting that the guy lost money negreanu of the concern is with the image.