Protecting a poker site from bots has many different sides. It requires active detection, both on the server and on the client side. However, it also requires passive protection: you need to make it difficult for bot writers to circumvent your security measures. In this article we will study a way around the security measures used by the CEREUS poker software.
Since Black Friday, the CEREUS poker network has pretty much gone away. So, I’m going to share this story here. As some of you might remember, CEREUS poker had a lot of scandals back in the day. One of these was an encryption scandal. Technicians from PokerTableRatings determined that the CEREUS poker software was not properly encrypting the data stream between poker server and client. CEREUS fixed this shortly after the discovery by implementing some SSL protocol. From then on, all communications between the client software and the server were encrypted, and very difficult for anyone (including bot writers) to intercept. Right?