Steam Account Security Issue Got Fixed
Wow, that sentence sounds rather boring, right? Well, let’s elaborate a bit. If you are an avid PC gamer you most like know Steam, and if you are into playing (or watching) gamers compete in Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas (MOBAs), you also might have noticed that some of the more famous DotA 2 players got their accounts stolen. Of course their accounts were not the only ones affected, but definitely the most noticeable ones.
What happened is that Steam apparently had a rather big loophole in its system: One could access another account with only the username – and it was as simple as eating pie. Just take a look at the video below and be amazed:
The issue is now fixed, after Valve learned of it on July 25th – so if you are a gamer with a lot of games in your steam library (or a professional DotA/CS:GO player) you can relax.
According to Kotaku, Valve release a statement to those affected:
“To protect users, we are resetting passwords on accounts with suspicious password changes during that period or may have otherwise been affected. Relevant users will receive an email with a new password. Once that email is received, it is recommended that users login to their account via the Steam client and set a new password.
Please note that while an account password was potentially modified during this period the password itself was not revealed. Also, if Steam Guard was enabled, the account was protected from unauthorized logins even if the password was modified.
We apologize for any inconvenience.”
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