November 23, 2022 Featured Articles, Poker Gossip, Poker News Lars Liedtke

Chance Kornuth and Kathy Liebert Among Pros Hit Hard By Payment Processor Security Leak

More poker pros such as Chance Kornuth or Kathy Liebert have gone public about the payment processor security leak that has seen several players fleeced for up to $10,000 each – Chance Kornuth, Kathy Liebert and Melissa Burr the latest targets of the thief or thieves…

The story broke last week when Joseph Cheong revealed on Twitter  that he’d been stung for $9,800, the money disappearing via eCheck through @BetMGMPoker @BetMGMCasino somehow.”

Cheong added: “I don’t even have an account. Seems other poker players have also been hit by this scam (?).”

Todd Witteles then confessed he’d also been hit for a similar amount: “Okay. I guess it’s time to go public with this. I was also a victim for $10k, and I have been working hard for the past week investigating this.”

This week it was the turn of Burr and others to publicise some lucky near misses, a thread on how the scam works providing useful information to worried players…

Women in Poker Hall of Famer, Kathy Liebert, was also targeted, revealing: “Apparently a bank account in my name was opened to collect winnings from BetMGM and was also added to my account.”

Next up was Chance Kornuth, the highstakes pro sharing: “ I got a call yesterday from @BetMGM that two accts had been opened it my name. Took major security precautions yesterday…”

Witteles shared the welcome news that the story going viral – an ESPN story helping – has forced the affected sites to do something about the security breaches:

“BetMGM and Global Payments are finally taking the matter seriously and working to resolve the situation. When I called them 2 weeks ago, I was dismissed and mostly ignored. This is what publicity does for us.”

Witteles also put in an appearance on the Joe Ingram show to share the bad news and what poker players can do about it…

In a twist on the poker-based scam, Witteles also revealed that the bad guys, not content with hitting poker pros via online poker and casinos sites, have moved on, or at least branched out into hitting people via fantasy sports accounts…

DraftKings quickly admitted that $300,000 of funds were affected, compromised passwords from other sites being the official line.

Witteles described how this version of the hack – known as a “credential stuffing attack” – works: “This is very simple. The fraudsters buy a huge list of name/e-mail address/password combos on the dark web, which were obtained by past breaches of other sites (perhaps not even gambling sites).

“They then set up a program to automatically attempt to log in to other sites using that info. If people used the same e-mail/password combo on multiple sites, it is very easy to breach their accounts that way.”

Have you been targeted by scammers? If so, let us know on our social media channels. Worried about your online security? Check out what is doing to protect your sensitive information here.

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