Hackers World{3}

by Rizwan A
This article talks about how it is so obvious that the world we live in is not perfect, with everyone using Internet to log on and purchase almost everything on line thinking that companies are protecting their personal   information from outsiders. In reality this is not the case, because every day there is news about more and more corporations are becoming victims of hackers and causing all the consumers to suffer from these occurrences in which their private information’s are taken by these people. This was exactly the case for STEAM, which is an electronic videogame distribution service. In the beginning STEAM assumed that the invaders only attack their announcement board because that’s what they thought first, but the problem was lot deeper than that. The hackers broke into the customer’s database and retrieve encrypted passwords along with all the personal information’s such as credit cards and bank information. Until now, the damages are still unknown but STEAM is advising and urging its’ customers to change their passwords to something unique and monitor their credit card and bank statements for any suspicious activity.


Database security is one subject that is very hard to tackle for many companies. This article relates to the class because we talk about ways to populate databases with information. This can also be tied to security because depending on how all the data is organized into tables and then creating firewalls to protect all the personal information. This can be done by organizing and analyzing customer information which can lead the programmer to know and how they can protect the processed information.

I found this article very interesting because every day more and more companies are reporting breeches in their systems. With all the information, privacy is becoming a very hot topic and a very big concern for everyone. Even the government can collect all the information through Tweeter and the companies still didn’t come up with any type of solution till this day. Even if most people shred up their name and address, they are still at a very high risk of being the target with companies keeping their personal information in their database. Companies invest so much money in advertising, so why not invest money in protecting their client’s personal information.


Schreier, Jason. “Valve: Hackers Accessed Steam Users’ Encrypted Passwords, Credit Cards.” Game Life. 10 Nov. 2011. Web. 13 May 2012. <http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2011/11/steam-hacked>.