(1) Pokerhost.com Hacked (2) ESPN Extends WSOP Coverage Thru 2008

by Lou on June 11, 2006

Pokerhost.com Hacked!
Earlier this week users of the online poker Web site, pokerhost.com were prompted to re-enter their personal information when trying to enter the members area. Users were then told that the site was seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for criminal violations and that personal customer information would be sent to the FBI.

But this was a hack job, not an FBI action, as pokerhost.com recently stated. According to pokerhost, a breach of security occurred at a registrar level. The account where this URL is registered, handling all DNS, contact, and such, information was tampered with and changed without the consent of the LEGAL owners of the account, and of course the URL.

Pokerhost’s parent company, online sportsbook SBG Global, regained control over Pokerhost.com as on June 9. Customers should ask the poker site to update all sensitive information, including passwords.

ESPN Extends WSOP Coverage through 2008
ESPN inked a deal with Harrah’s Entertainment that extends ESPN’s coverage of the World Series of Poker through 2010.

ESPN plans to offer live, pay-per-view telecasting of the final-table play at the $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold’em event, in addition to ESPN’s regular television schedule for the WSOP.

Harrah’s also finalized a deal for Miller Brewing Co.’s Milwaukee’s Best Light. The brand will become the official beer of the poker tournament through 2008.

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