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There have been no significant online poker scams reported since the Win32/SPY.Odlanor spyware enabled hackers to see opponents' hole-cards on Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker in September, 2015.

In late July, 2016, an online poker player calling himself "themadbotter" posted on the Two Plus Two online poker forum that he has been actively cheating on various online poker sites by using sophisticated pokerbots. Although he claims to have retired from online poker cheating, I consider his threat real and ongoing, and believe he has cheated online players out of more than $30,000 during a six-month period in 2016.

In February 2016, PokerStars had reportedly been hit with Russian bot attacks during TCOOP events, most notably in heads-up play. PokerStars claimed that after an investigation the potential bot was found to be a human player. There were some more bot claims on the site later in the year, but PokerStars has repeatedly assured its players that such attacks have not happened.

During the year 2016, a hacking group known as DD4BC launched DDoS attacks against PokerStars, Neteller, Betfair and the New Jersey online gambling sector. The French web hosting company OVH reported that its site was hit by two separate hack attacks. The main worry here is pilfered information that can lead to extortion using betcoins and other online payment methods to collect ransoms.