In a move as equally impressive as it is brazen, a high-stakes roller strolled into a casino in Melbourne, Australia and netted #32 million through a series of well placed bets at a poker table. Using ‘non-conventional’ means, the player had insiders that managed to access the Melbourne Casino’s intricate network of surveillance cameras, gaining a bird’s eye view of the hands being dealt on the tables. As a result of their ‘fly on the wall’ tactic, the gambler was able to obtain information on everyone’s hand, and place the surest bets the casino has ever seen.
The seemingly unending battle between gambling institutions and their patrons is, of course, nothing new. This stunt, however, brings new meaning to the phrase “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” as the very cameras put in place to discourage unfair play in the first place was cleverly manipulated. The quest for complete control over an infrastructure can often times backfire in the light of not properly securing the means in which security is upheld, which is, admittedly, a vicious cycle.
Those who utilize surveillance cameras in their place of business should take heed to this warning. Most of us don’t run extraordinarily profitable casinos, but can stand to learn exactly how their proprietary software works and protects them from…themselves.
Food for thought: One out of five web users choose incredibly simple and easy-to-guess passwords like ‘abc123’, ‘12345’, or even…. ‘password’ to protect their data and access to sensitive items. The ball is in your court.