Just Another Hack?

by Monica G

It has become obvious that we do not live in a perfect world, but with everyone logging online and purchasing so much via Internet, you would think companies have prepared themselves, meaning protecting our private information from outsiders. Of course this is not the case, every day we are hearing about more corporations becoming victims of hackers. And guess who suffers from these occurrences, the average consumer; our private information is taken by these people. This was exactly the case for STEAM, an electronic videogame distribution service. At first the company assumed that the invaders only attacked their announcement board because that was caught first, but the problem had a deeper root. The hackers were able to enter the customer database and retrieve encrypted passwords along with credit cards information. As of now, the damages are unknown but STEAM is advising its’ customers to change their passwords and monitor their credit card statements for any suspicious activity.


Database security has become a hard subject to tackle for many companies, but it all has to start somewhere. This article relates to the class because we talk about ways to populate databases with information. But this can be tied to security because depending on how data is organized into tables, then later firewalls can be built to protect this delicate information. The way we organize and analyze customer information can let the programmer know how protected the processed information has to be.

I found this article interesting because every day more and more companies are reporting breeches in their systems. Information privacy has become a hot topic and how could it not. We live in a day in age where the government can collect information about you (Tweeter). So how is it possible that companies still haven’t come up with some sort of solution? If most people shred up anything with their name and address, then how came we be to negligent with others “keeping” our personal information (customer databases). If so much money can be invest in advertisement then why not invest in consumer protection.



Schreier, J. (2011, November 10). Valve: Hackers Accessed Steam Users’ Encrypted Passwords, Credit Cards. Retrieved November 10, 2011, from Wired: http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2011/11/steam-hacked/