Report: Law not affecting online gambling.
A leading global provider of Web Security-as-a-Service, ScanSafe, released its latest Global Threat Report on Web and instant messaging, spyware, and web viruses. This report is useful for gauging movements on the internet, as well as trends. A key finding in the report shows a forty percent increase in US-based requests for gambling-related Web pages, despite the fact that on October 13, 2006 President Bush signed the "Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act" into law.
Based on real-time analysis of over five billion web requests, and more that ten million web threats, the ScanSafe Global Threat Report is the largest analysis of web security threats based on real-world traffic.
‘Given the recent US legislation, we had anticipated a drop in visits to gambling sites,’ said Dan Nadir, vice president, product strategy, ScanSafe. ‘However, we actually saw an increase in Web requests from the US for online gambling sites.’
‘Some of the Web requests were related to betting on the World Series in October,’ Nadir added. ‘This could have been compounded by gamblers looking to register with alternative providers before further regulations clarifying the Act are put into place.’
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act prohibits US banks and other brokers from transferring funds to Internet gambling sites. The Act was signed following the arrests in the several online gambling executives, including the CEO of BetonSports. The law requires federal regulators to come up with regulations to identify and block money transactions to gambling sites within 270 days from the date the bill is signed into law. Some gambling sites have refused to accept bets from US players.