Two highly respected big money poker stars have become the victims of a truly 21st century deception, after their laptops were infected with a Trojan virus during a stay in Barcelona as part of the European Poker Tour.
According to a post on the popular 2+2 poker forum, the two players in question – named Jeans and Ohuman0 – first encountered a problem when returning to their hotel rooms.
They discovered that not only had their rooms be broken into, but both of their laptops had also been taken.
After contacting the front desk, the pair then made another shock discovery – the laptops had been returned to their respective rooms.
However the two poker fans soon discovered that there was a sting in the tail with the pair finding that, in fact, both laptops had now been infected with the Trojan computer virus.
Viruses of this kind utilise non-self-replicating malware to gain access to a computer’s operating system. While appeared to provide a valuable function, they will instead drop a malicious payload on the computer in question, often leading to serious consequences.
A PokerStars employee has since confirmed that the story is in fact true, though he was keen to reassure players that measures could be taken to protect computer data.
For instance, he urged users to change all of their passwords or in more serious cases look to reformat the hard drives affected.
Meanwhile EPT players are being encouraged to store laptops in the room safe or take them with them.
Despite this setback the tour looks likely to continue on with playing ongoing in Barcelona though the identity of the thieves in question remains unclear.