New Malware Threat Warnings

New Malware Threat Warnings

Friday, 18 September 2015

Online poker players could be at risk of exposing their hole cards to hackers, according to a new report by online security experts.

Earlier this week, news broke that a new form of malware known as Odlanor has been targeting players at PokerStars and Full Tilt.

First spotted by IT security firm ESET, the computer virus attaches itself to victim's computer through a variety of methods. Once infected, computers then begin transmitting signals to the malware each time Full Tilt or PokerStars is loaded.

As players enjoy games of online poker, the malicious software takes screenshots of the host's computer before relaying this information back to criminals, which is a process that allows them to see specific opponent's hole cards.

Odlanor isn't a new piece of malware and has been used to steal vital information from victims in the past. However, this is the first known instance of it being used in this way. So far, ESET believes that just a 'few hundred' players have reported an infection but this could rise over the coming weeks if players do not remain vigilant.

Tags: PokerStars, Full Tilt, Odlanor, ESET