The Bitcoin poker website Seals With Clubs has been in the headlines throughout the month of Feb for all the wrong reasons. During the second week of Feb, the website published a tweet informing its players that the site was going offline for a few days due to maintenance issues.
Industry sources confirmed that the servers of Seals With Clubs might have been breached and confidential information might have been compromised. Seals With Clubs has already been part of a cyber attack in December 2013 when a total of 42,000 passwords were stolen and confidential player information was compromised.
Last week, the Seals With Clubs website published a statement which informed players that the website was shutting down as it was found to be in “a perpetual state of jeopardy”. The leadership team decided that it was in the best interests of the players to shutdown the website and informed players to stop making deposits and were asked to withdraw their funds at the earliest.
Bryan Micon, the chairman for Seals With Clubs recently confirmed that his home was raided by the Nevada Gaming Commission after they served him a warrant. A squad of 10 armed men surprised Micon and apparently traumatized his wife and 2 year old daughter as they searched for evidence and ceased his computers. There were not clear indications as to why Seals With Clubs was targeted nor was there any information given as to why Micon’s home was raided.
Micon was not arrested nor was he charged with any crime. The incident completely shook up Micon and left his family in a state of shock.
The chairman made a quick decision to leave the United States and move to another country as he felt that his family was harassed and his business interests were being unfairly treated. In a statement, Micon said
It was pretty clear that it was proper to leave [the US] sooner rather than later. I didn’t really want my 2-year-old daughter, who I love very much, to grow up in a police state where creativity is often met with guns. That’s not the environment I think is proper for my daughter. It’s not what I want to teach her is proper.
The Seals With Clubs leadership team have disbanded and have no plans to re-launch the website but Bryan Micon refuses to give up. He plans to launch a second version of the website out of Antigua and believes it will be even better than the initial version.