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Epic Games Store’s next few free games will require two-factor authentication

If you want to claim the next three weeks of freebies on the Epic Games Store, you'll first need to enable two-factor authentication on your account to strengthen its security. Two-factor authentication is easy to set up and use so it's not a bother, though it is curious that they're only requiring this until May 21st, not permanently. "We are making this change in an…

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E3 organisers say they’re trying really hard not to leak media’s personal information again

Last summer, it came to light that the organisers of E3 had left personal details of thousands of media people (including some of our own) in a file anyone online could access. Welp. It didn't exactly make anyone keen to return to that cacophonous hellhall. But this year they're really trying not to leak addresses, phone numbers, or anything, for real. In an update about…

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E3 organisers previously leaked over 6000 more names

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) have leaked over six thousand more names and personal details from members of the games media than was previously thought, the company confirmed to Rock Paper Shotgun. In addition to the 2025 journalists, bloggers, analysts, and streamers whose physical addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail handles were made public in last week's leak of E3 2019 info, information for media attending…

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E3’s organisers have leaked personal details of over 2000 media members

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the North American games industry body whose responsibilities include organising E3, have quasi-accidentally leaked personal details of over two thousand people. The names, addresses, phone numbers, and more of folks who registered for E3 2019 media badges [disclosure: including some of our own] were posted online in a spreadsheet that apparently anyone could download. The ESA, who also lobby governments…

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Streaming service Rainway exposes the scale of the Fortnite virus problem

Battle royale shooter Fortnite is a phenomenon now, but with many millions of players comes big problems, especially when the audience skews a little younger than average and the game is free to play. Last Tuesday, engineers at game-streaming service Rainway noticed tens of thousands of automatically logged errors flooding in, all of them coming from Fortnite players.It was time for their tech team to…

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Warning whistle: beware a possible Steam security hole

Update: The exploit which let subversive Steamers inject code into Steam pages has been fixed. The eagle-eyes who spotted the security hole say it's once again safe to visit profiles, activity feeds, and all that. If you're curious, follow that link to discover quite how the exploit worked. Spoiler: it involved putting naughty code in the titles of guides.Just be to safe, don't go near…

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Valve Restrict Steam Trading Again To Combat Cheaters

Valve will soon introduce yet more restrictions on what items you can trade in an effort to chase dirty, rotten cheaters out of their digital shop, according to a new entry on its support pages. You will no longer be able to add certain multiplayer games to your inventory for gifting or trading later, it says. This applies to over 400 hundred games on Steam,…

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Blizzard’s Battle.net Authenticator Goes One-Button

Blizzard's Battle.net Mobile Authenticator app is now less of a faff, simply showing "Approve" and "Deny" buttons for authorising logins. Previously, it'd generate a code folks would need to type out while logging in to play Overwatch, StarCraft II, and whatnot. It's a tiny change but removing any faff from security procedures is always good. If you already use the authenticator, hooray for less faff!…

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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…

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Feeling Vulnerable? Steam’s Protocol Could Allow Attacks

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…

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