Christmas glitch lets Steam users see others’ Steam Wallet money, login details
This is a glitch that no one would like to see repeating again. Valve’s gaming platform faced privacy breach while the company was offering winter sale.
The issue that was the commonest during the privacy breach was the fact that glitch with the Steam service allowed many of its users to see others’ personal information. Later the glitch became so pronounced that the store itself went offline.
There is no denying the fact that many users were happy to see the site going down as they were concerned with the privacy of their accounts.
Later in a statement Valve said, â€œSteam is back up and running without any known issuesâ€¦As a result of a configuration change earlier today, a caching issue allowed some users to randomly see pages generated for other users for a period of less than an hour. This issue has since been resolved. We believe no unauthorized actions were allowed on accounts beyond the viewing of cached page information and no additional action is required by users.â€
The site remained affected for more than an hour. During that one-hour window, CNET’s sister site GameSpot noticed users were able to see others’ account information, including their email address, Steam Wallet money and purchase history. Reports suggest that Valve’s Steam marketplace was accessed by as many as 10.6 million concurrent users on Christmas Day.