888Poker Hit With DDoS Attack Ahead of XL Eclipse Series
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks continues to plague online poker platforms. Recent attacks have been planned during or just before major online tournament series. 888Poker was the latest victim, hit just days before the start of its XL Eclipse Series.
In August, DDoS attacks were widespread across the online poker landscape, affecting nearly all major platforms except one: 888Poker. The attacks were not enough to take any site down but they were damaging to both revenue and customer trust. Nobody likes a canceled tournament.
888Poker appeared somehow protected or safe from the attacks, that is until this month. Sources report the site has been experiencing intermittent service disruptions since September 5. A representative of the company addressed the issue on the Two Plus Two poker forum.
The forum comment explained that the attacks have compromised the site's ability to serve its players. It offered a straightforward apology, saying 888 is working diligently to prevent future attacks. The statement closed with the standard request for patience from players attempting to contact the site.
The timing could not be worse for the platform. Last month was less crucial for 888Poker, but now the platform is gearing up to launch its biggest tournament series of the year on Thursday. The events kick off September 13 with a $109 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed tournament.
The series runs through September 23 and includes another $100,000 guaranteed event along with a $200,000 guaranteed high roller. The highlight of the series is the $1 million guaranteed Main Event on September 23.