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16 April 2004

ZAPOTE, Costa Rica – (PRESS RELEASE) -- In the latest phase of international cyber terror, distributed denial of service, or DDOS attacks as they are commonly called, are sweeping the offshore gaming world. Recently, there has been a rash of these attacks aimed at several online sportsbooks and casinos, in which international cyber criminals and hackers have threatened to shut down the sportsbooks' websites by overloading their web servers and crippling the sportsbooks' ability to function, unless an exorbitant "protection" fee is paid.

These hackers have managed to extort several thousands of dollars from multiple online sportsbooks. "It truly has become an industry-wide problem," said Senior Odds Maker, Dan "The Man" Johnson. "Luckily, we have a tremendous team of technological experts working for us and we were able to triumph over these gutless hacks."

In technical terms, a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack is an incident in which an Internet user or organization is deprived of the services of a resource they would normally expect to have. Typically, the loss of service is the inability of a particular network service, such as e-mail, to function properly, or the temporary loss of all network connectivity and services. In the worst case, for example, a Web site accessed by millions of people could be forced to temporarily cease operation. A denial of service attack is a type of security breach of a computer system, but does not usually result in the theft of information or other security loss. These kinds of attacks, however, can cost the target person or company a great deal of time and money.

Mr. Dan Johnson, Senior Odds Maker of, is available for comment and interviews regarding the successful triumph of over the attempted DDOS attacks on its Web site. Topics that Mr. Johnson can address, but to which he is not limited, are as follows:

* The strategy of to counter likely future DDOS attacks.

* A copy of the actual extortion letter from the cyber terrorists demanding $50,000 for their "protection" against future attacks for a one-year period.

* The collaboration of with other competing sportsbooks in an effort to defeat these hackers with a single voice.

* Information has obtained regarding the location and possible identities of the cyber hackers.

Dan "The Man" Johnson is a sports broadcaster who is on the rise. With ten years experience in the industry, his credits include recognition for his work at NBC Sports, WQBR Radio, as the play-by-play voice of Wayne State University football and basketball on both television and radio, and as an editor and columnist for the Sports Confidential, a regional weekly sports magazine. Johnson has covered many major sporting events throughout the United States, and has gained a reputation as an honest and fair broadcast journalist, which has led to two Sports Emmy Awards for outstanding work in sports reporting and play-by-play.

Dan is currently working with Casablanca Sports as their Senior Vice-President for Sports and Media Relations and as their Senior Odds Maker. BetCBSports and Dan Johnson have recently been featured on ESPN and, the Chicago Tribune, the Seattle Times, and the Denver Post among many other media outlets. He is currently available to join you on your radio station or publication for interviews, to discuss BetCBSports' current press releases, as well as the odds on particular upcoming games, how the lines are formulated, which teams are being wagered on heavily, and important match-ups involving local, regional and national teams.

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