Interviews with Jeremy Enke, Greg Powell and Mike Wittmeyer, all people who were primarily gambling affiliates during the premium years and have branched off in various directions.
(Jeremy gave me permission to post this here).
A new vulnerability in Vbulletin 4.x.x and 5.x.x has been identified, which if exploited would apparently give hackers complete and total control over your forums.
See this article for details:
Furthermore, Vbulletin's support forums were hacked and they are asking people to reset their passwords.
Working as a gambling affiliate for the last ten years has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. Along with many other PAL affiliates and all U.S. gambling affiliates, I’ve ridden to the highest peaks, only to race back down to the bottom at blistering speeds. And if the ride in the U.S. market wasn’t climbing or dropping, you can bet there were twists and turns around every corner.
If you run a VBulletin forum and do not spend much time in their support forums, a new hack alert was shared in late August. All VBulletin 4.1 and later users need to delete their /INSTALL and /CORE/INSTALL directories immediately.
The hackers who exploit these directories are creating ADMIN accounts.
I also read over there that a FORUMRUNNER exploit may be circulating as well. ForumRunner is a VBulletin addon.
When the UK government announced they were going to clamp down on offshore gaming companies, poker affiliates should be some of the most concerned.
Poker has taken a beating many times over and is probably the most fragile gambling niche compared to casino, betting and bingo.
The UK government's stance is probably going to be something that other countries notice and comply with. That is forcing gaming companies to comply with their tax regulations even if they don't