Extortionists Threaten Online Gaming Sites

By Deane Barker on March 9, 2004

Online betting sites fight cyberextortion: Whatever ever happened to the good ‘ol days of breaking thumbs?

Online gambling sites are betting on tighter security after a recent wave of computer attacks from cyberextortionists plunged several into darkness.

Shadowy hackers demand $20,000 to $50,000 for protection from distributed denial-of-service attacks, which flood a Web site with data so that it is overloaded.

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