Despite the SoKor government’s crackdowns on illegal gambling dens and igaming websites, casino gaming and sports betting is still possible for many Koreans. Through a mobile app and a private messaging system that runs on Virtual Private Network (VPN), mobile gambiing and betting activities are rendered invisible in public Internet networks.
What Makes VPN Useful in South Korea Where Gambling is Supposedly Legal
While sports betting has been recognized as legal in South Korea, Sports Toto, the only legal sports betting site in the country has no online betting platform. In terms of casino gaming, the only legal venue where Korean citizens are allowed to gamble is in Kangwon Land Casino and Resort. However, the state-run casino is situated at the foot of a ski resort located in the remote province of Gangwon.
Nonetheless, as far as tourists and non-Korean citizens are concerned, they can engage in casino gaming in cities like Seoul, Busan, Jeju and Daeug, where there’s a scattering of about 15 casino resorts and other gambling establishments. Yet it is strictly illegal for South Korean citizens to engage in casino gaming in said cities or even in foreign countries.
How Does a VPN Work?
A VPN enables mobile phone users to explore and connect to the Internet without risk of being detected. Mainly because all traffic data sent to the public network are routed through an encrypted virtual channel of a VPN server. The latter encrypts all data including the IP address of a mobile app user. Doing so makes the communication between VPN users invisible to a third party attempting to track, or hack the traffic data related to their Internet activities.
VPN technology therefore can connect a mobile casino or sports betting app to an online provider of casino games and/or sportsbook, without risk of being detected by ISPs. The VPN server sends out encrypted data in real time, which only the VPN service provider can decipher and translate into a readable message between the communicating parties.
The encryption service is described as end-to-end, as the VPN service provider uses two different sets of keys: one for encrypting the message and the other for decrypting the encrypted message. This denotes that even if someone gets hold of a mobile casino app user’s encrypted data, it will still be useless because only the decryption keys can decipher the hidden message.
Still, despite the rigid security features of VPN servers, it still does not remove the possibility that hackers will eventually find a way to infiltrate a VPN server’s system. It is still important for any gambler to make sure that they will register and provide their info to a legitimate casino or sports toto (토토사이트) website. It’s also critical that the website uses a messaging app that employs other safety and security measures in addition to the end-to-end encryption. .
The Telegram messaging app for one, stores relevant decryption keys into several parts and places them in different locations to ensure data protection.