An embarrassing security flaw has the Cake Poker Network scrambling to shore up its data encryption to protect players’ hole cards, passwords and usernames at various Cake Network skins. Lee Jones, Cake Poker Network cardroom manager, recently acknowledged the problem while issuing an apology to members at the online card room.

“I owe the entire Cake poker community an apology; I am very, very sorry,” said Jones in a recent statement. “When the issue came up in May [with the security issues at Cereus], I asked our software management team. They told me that we were more secure than Cereus. When this all came to light and they got down into the actual code, it turned out they were wrong (as one of the senior managers just admitted to me).”

The problem at Cake revolved around the encryption format being used. The site was using an XOR-based encryption, which is not nearly as strong as the normal SSL-encryption used by banks, governments and many of the other poker networks. This security measure could be easily subverted, revealing a player’s private information to a hacker who gained access to the network.

“I definitely have to accept some blame here,” said Jones. “I could have (and wished I had) pushed further on the response I got, talked to some development people about it (they’re in-house), etc.”

While the issue is certainly embarrassing for the Cake Network, the end result will be a more secure playing experience for members at the 14th largest poker network. Once the encryption method is changed, players on the site will once again be able to enjoy one of the better poker sites on the Internet.

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