The Mob and The Net

By Deane Barker on January 31, 2004

Shakedown of gambling sites before Super Bowl: Remember the good old days, when they just broke your thmbs if you didn’t pay? Now mobsters hack your server.

Organized crime gangs are shaking down Internet betting sites on the eve of American football’s Super Bowl, threatening to unleash a crippling data attack unless they pay a “protection” fee, police and site operators said.