Steam users able to access other user accounts and personal information after hacking incident
Gone are the days when hacking used to give goose bumps! Nowadays, getting system hacked is common practice and similar case happened with Steam, the world’s largest PC gaming platform. It has been reported that some sort of malfunction or breach has hit Steam allowing users to access other people’s user accounts. The glitch that hit the Steam is not only allowing users to have access to other people’s game libraries, but more seriously allowing steal of potentially harmful information like home addresses, purchase history and even credit card information. According to sources, hacking group SkidNP launched a DDoS attack on Steam, something they previously promised to do over Christmas. It seems unlikely a DDoS attack could produce what we’re seeing here, but it is possible the attack was more malicious than it initially appeared.
The issues which users are facing on using their Steam account are: some are getting a Russian or French or Spanish landing page instead of English. Some are reporting that they’re being logged into only one of a few different accounts whenever they try to sign in, or even simply refreshing the account page or going to a different section of the client. Since, the Steam officials are unaware of what has actually happened, users have been advised to stay logged out entirely as some are trying to reach into other’s account and delete their payment information from the Steam. So, the best option for users is to not log in your system till and until some information regarding the breach is out whether it is technical issue or a specific malicious attack.
Because of past attacks on services like Xbox Live and PSN on Christmas, the timing of this is more than little suspicious. Valve is expected to take urgent action and make public statement soon about actions users should or not take in order to be clear that their information was breached or not. As per statement by Troy Hunt, Security Expert, “We’ve seen other cases in the past where environments under high load have had session management problems and assigned one person’s identity to someone else. It would be enormously coincidental to have both these issues occur at the same time and not be related”.
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