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Did Microsoft Patch Issue Allow Online Poker Cheating?

Written by:
Aaron Goldstein
Published on:
Oct/12/2010
poker cheating

On Tuesday Microsoft announced that it had issued its biggest security fix ever, problems that could also have been plaguing the online poker websites. 

The new patches aim to fix a number of vulnerabilities including the notorious Stuxnet virus that attacked an Iranian nuclear power plant and other industrial control systems around the world, Reuters reports.

There have been a number of reports in recent months of online poker sites becoming vulnerable to cheating, including a notorious “Chinese Poker Collusion” scheme during the summer.

Reuters also reported that Microsoft said four of the new patches -- software updates that write over glitches -- were of the highest priority as a means of protecting users from criminal attacks on the Windows operating systems.

"This is a huge jump," said Amol Sarwate, a research manager with computer security provider Qualys Inc. "I think the reason for it is that more and more people are out there looking for vulnerabilities."

The current patch fixes the dreaded Stuxnet virus, which was used to attack power plant PCs, including that of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant. 

The highest detection of the virus has been concentrated in Iran but also found in the United States, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and India.  – Aaron Goldstein, Gambling911.com

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