Steam Fixes A Huge Bug That Allowed Users To Hack Other Users Easily
Identity theft is a pretty scary thing. Having someone mess around with your personal information while you are completely unaware can be devastating. Recently, Valve had a pretty serious hacking issue that allowed for a lot of Steam accounts to be hacked. A lot as in just about EVERY account could have been affected and it didn’t even require a real hacker to pull it off.
This past weekend, Steam accounts were subjected to a bug that allowed ‘curious’ users to be able to bypass Steam’s account verification process. The way it is supposed to work is that any time you try to log into an account from a different machine, Valve sends a verification code to the account’s email address which must then be entered in order to continue. Well, this bug allowed for unsavory characters to simply not enter in ANYTHING for the code. You heard me. Simply leaving it blank and pressing enter allowed for people to access other users Steam accounts.
Now, to Valve’s credit, there was a second barrier that protected a lot of users called Steam Guard. The only problem with that safeguard was that it had to be activated in order to protect.
Thankfully, Valve quickly identified the bug and fixed it over the weekend so all should be back to normal.