t was a quiet Thursday night on May 11, 2006, when I decided to try my hand in a poker tournament on the Ladbrokespoker.com Web site. Ladbrokespoker.com is the busiest poker site in Europe with regular traffic of more than 5,000 players, usually reaching its peak in the evening hours.
Ladbrokespoker.com is powered by the Microgaming Poker Network, and promotes upcoming poker events by periodically sending a simple message box to all of their clients. However, on this particular Thursday night, instead of receiving a message box promoting an upcoming tournament, I received a message box that stated the following:
“Dear Ladbrokes Members : An employee of LADBROKES.COM steals $30,000,000 (Thirty-Million-Dollars) from Ladbrokes players accounts, all the players have the right to know ... http://www.ladbrokes-bbc.net/”
To the untrained eye, the URL in the message box appeared to be for an official BBC Web site; however, it linked to a site that was a spoof,...