I just read a thread on 2+2 where it looks like Greg Raymer’s Stars account got hacked. Here’s two hands the suspicious FossilMan played in a 2k headsup tournament.
FossilMan: calls 10
Ikeyrson: raises 1380 to 1400
FossilMan: calls 1380
*** FLOP *** [8h 7d Th]
Ikeyrson collected 2800 from pot
Ikeyrson: doesn’t show hand
from a 2k hu match.
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Ikeyrson: calls 10
*** FLOP *** [2d Ac Kc]
*** TURN *** [2d Ac Kc] [2c]
*** RIVER *** [2d Ac Kc 2c] [6c]
Ikeyrson: bets 2880 and is all-in
FossilMan: calls 80 and is all-in
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Ikeyrson: shows [Ad 9c] (a flush, Ace high)
FossilMan: shows [3h 9s] (a pair of Deuces)
Then they played some suspicious 5k tournaments until Stars support dropped in and froze the accounts:
FossilMan: All is fine here
StaffMikeJ [Support]: May I call you on the phone Greg?
Dr. Fells [observer]: clearly this is not him
FossilMan: wat kinda person needs to call me?
I don’t have much to say except that it’s scary – between online banking, online poker, PayPal, etc. – how much money these days is guarded behind just a single password. Accidentally install some spyware on your computer, and you may unwittingly transmit the passwords for literally your entire financial life to the world. Or log in naively on a public computer (or worse, on a “trusted” friend’s computer), and the same fate could befall you.
Be careful, choose secure passwords (combining uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and punctuation), and change your passwords regularly. It takes five minutes for someone to cost you thousands of dollars or, at best, cause you huge headaches reversing the transactions. Practically speaking, there’s no sure way to protect yourself. So cross your fingers, and put pressure on cardrooms to make things right when stuff like this happens.
I have faith that Stars will make this one right.
So, in summary, account hacked, hacker caught and account frozen, all money safe, I really did go only 1-3 this morning/early afternoon in my VIP and TLB matches.
Thanks to all of you who helped me by alerting PS security.
Tags: account-hacking, fossilman, greg-raymer, online-banking, online-poker, pokerstars