HUSNG regs reported about possible DDoS attacks recently. While the topic is not very well known yet, there is a serious security leak by using Skype publishing everyone’s IP. After sa1251 reported about this topic about a month ago at 2+2 it gets more and more attraction when other report similar possible DDoS attacks to their computers, lost their internet connection as got blinded out of their SNG games. While this problem was mostly reported for poker rooms, like 2 weeks ago for a bitcoin poker room, it now seems to arrive poker players itself.
Using one of those many Skype IP grabbers make it easy to find out the IP of the user in question, even without being in the contact list. With the IP and a DDoS tool it is easy to shut down the possible victims connection (not available anymore).
A friend of mine proved me yesterday how fast he was able to broke up my connection. Even tho ownage4u started his thread at 1st of April, this is not a bad April fool, but a serious security problem for every somehow known poker player. Using a VPN helps at least a bit to stay online, but still makes playing poker pretty impossible in case of a DDoS attack.
The only known solution how to hide the Skype IP seems to use a Proxy connection. There is an article explaining the problem in detail and give some kind of a solution. Using a proxy like TOR for the Skype connection only, seems to be good solution. But since poker sites and ewallet provider like Skrill become suspicious when users login with such a proxy IP, make sure to use the described configuration for Skype only!
- Do not use Skype while grinding
- Have a proper backup connection
- Use the proxy solution explained in the more detailed post by VIP-Cashback.net
If there is any easier or better solution, please share it!