A player on the Merge Network skin, Lock Poker, has revealed deep security concerns regarding the software and the safeguarding of confidential player information. TwoPlusTwo poster ‘Deafeye’ discovered a security glitch that allows Lock employees and Flash casino software users to view customers’ username and password. The TwoplusTwo poster reported this security concern to Lock Poker in June 11. However, he reported that Lock Poker did not take any action on this issue after assuring him that the concern would be fixed immediately.
‘Deafeye’, a systems architect by trade, revealed that customer’s sensitive account information was imbedded in the plain text source of the casino software and that Lock Poker was using antiquated programming, Flash/ActionScript. In a post, he states, “It’s clear that their entire casino is built using Flash/Autoscript….really old school way to do web programming. I’d wager a bet their casino games could be decompiled, hacked, and altered to change the edge in your favor.”
Lock Poker representative and pro, Rizen, issued a statement in response to the concerns brought about by ‘Deafeye’.
“RTG (the casino side) pushed an update that broke our encryption, we have since pushed a software update out that fixes this. When it was originally reported (What OP in original thread is referring to) we fixed it and then when this new update posted it broke again. We have taken steps to ensure that future updates won’t cause this to happen again. No one should be seeing it anymore, and if for some reason someone does please let me know about it ASAP so I can have the appropriate people look at it.”
This latest development with Lock Poker comes after continued concerns about the Merge Network and embarrassing scandals involving a former Lock Pro Jose ‘Girah’ Macedo. The latter scandal involved a $100k chip dump that was facilitated by Macedo’s backer and respected pro Haseeb “Dogishead’ Qureshi (read: Girah Scandal). Though traffic has been steady since the Merge Network reopened its site to new accounts in late 2011, players continue to voice concerns regarding the cash outs and software concerns.
Nevertheless, the Merge Network continues to lead the way in the current online poker environment in the United States. With legislation developing slowly, US players continue to struggle to find completely secure options to play online poker. This latest concern continues to hurt the image of the Merge Network and places fear in the minds of poker players.