Posts Tagged ‘online security’

Valve Tighten Steam Trading Security Again

77,000 Steam accounts were hijacked each month and pillaged of their wizard hats, trading cards, and other imaginary items, Valve said in December 2015. At the time, Valve had just adding ‘trade hold’ delays to help stop people who’d been hacked or scammed from losing their goodies. Now they’ve tweaked security procedures again, including introducing holds on the Steam Market too.

I only use the Market to flog ‘trading cards’ then spend the pennies on imaginary wizard hats, but for some it’s a hobby, a way to help fund buying games, or even business.

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Feeling Vulnerable? Steam’s Protocol Could Allow Attacks

craaaaaccck.

Is Steam killing your children?, I was tempted to title this article. We’re not sensational enough here. But it does seem that Steam offers some serious vulnerabilities to your PC, if a paper published by security research company ReVuln is accurate. As reported by PCWorld, it seems the steam:// protocol might be a way in for nefarious types.

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Guild Wars Wars: NCSoft’s Security Scandal

Tip-tap-tippy-tap-tap-tap. That’s me treading carefully so I don’t wake the vicious, slumbering Litigation Beast. Not that it’d necessarily wake up anyway, but some people have accused NCSoft’s response to a recent security scandal (related to MMO player accounts) of having a slight whiff of porky-pie about it. As those accusations aren’t proven, I’m wearing my Ballerina Shoes of +4 vs dangerous sweeping statements.

These are the key facts to this story: 1) There’s been a sudden, large spate of apparently hacked Aion, Guild Wars, City of Heroes et al accounts. 2) there’ve been reports of an apparent security hole in the NCsoft master account (an umbrella login for multiple NCsoft games), which has caused some players to find they’d somehow logged in as other players. Could these two things possibly be related? NCsoft says no. Hmm. Where’s Poirot when you need him?
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