by Andrew J
Yet another example of online databases being hacked. Steam, an extremely large gaming platform on millions of computers, was hacked on Sunday November 6, 2011. Initially, steam believed that only the online forum database was hacked. It was later found that the attack was much deeper than expected. The hackers gained control over user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses,and encrypted credit card information. It is not clear if the the credit card information had been decrypted or not. However, there has been no evidence of credit card misuse at this time.
Steam has billions of users internationally. Many play the still popular counter-strike through steam. Also the highly anticipated game, Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls V, was also about be released at the time. This security breach effects many of us, even in this class. It effects me for sure. Regardless of how much time you spend on gaming, user data is still stored in steam databases. For those who do not often go onto steam to play games, they might not have even heard about this security breach. Those who rarely play games, but still have accounts may not have changed their passwords yet. Like myself, I did not hear about steam database being attacked until reading this article. For those who have not changed their passwords, do so now! Change all of your passwords and keep a close watch on all of your credit card transactions.
Fish, Elizabeth. 10 November, 2011. PCWorld, Steam Gets Hacked: Here’s How to Keep Safe.