PokerStars fixes servers following suspected DDoS attack

Did hackers cause the server issues over the weekend? Or was it just a recurrence of technical glitches?

Starting last Friday, players grinding the tables of PokerStars began randomly experiencing consistent issues with time outs and lag, which forced the tech team at the world’s largest online poker room to restart its servers.

Thousands of players were affected, as numerous multi-table tournaments and Sit & Go games were forced into cancellation by the technical intervention.   

After what appeared to be a successful fix, PokerStars Head of Communications Lee Jones informed the community the same day that the issues had been resolved and that the games were “back to normal”. The problems continued into Saturday.

“We are still working through the recent technical issues, but all our regular Sunday games are available. Thank you,” PokerStars Tweeted out early on Sunday morning.

But despite this second message of reassurance, players continued to report the same issues playing MTTs on Sunday, prompting speculation that PokerStars had been targeted by DDoS (Denial-of-Service) hackers.

DDoS attacks have also been suspected recently at the Merge, Winning and Equity Poker networks.

However, today (Monday) it seems as though the problems have finally been put to rest, and that the vast majority of PokerStars players have regained full working access to the client.

All players affected by MTT disruption or cancellation should be handed a full refund.


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