Hackers Take Over Casino Card-Shuffling Machines

Security researchers at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas have revealed that they were able to hack the Deckmate 2, a widely used automated card-shuffling machine in casinos. They found that if someone can access the USB port on the Deckmate 2, they could alter the shuffler’s code, giving a cheater full control over it.

Additionally, they discovered that the Deckmate 2 has an internal camera that they could access to learn the entire order of the deck in real time, allowing them to predict the makeup of everyone’s hand in games like Texas Hold’em. The researchers argue that outdated standards for casino equipment set by state-level regulators contribute to such vulnerabilities and call for more modern security measures to be implemented.