Valve: Personal data of nearly 34,000 Steam users revealed in recent DoS attack
According to a statement released by Valve on its website, the denial-of-service (DoS) attack which hit its Steam gaming platform on Christmas Day exposed sensitive personal data of nearly 34,000 users to other users.
Valve has already confirmed that Steam gaming platform was hit by a DoS attack – caused by a “configuration error” - on December 25, between 11.50am PST and 1.20pm PST. As a result of the attack, some Steam users were able to see pages generated for other users.
It has now been officially disclosed by Valve, via a statement released on its website, that the DoS attack that hit Steam caused around 34,000 users to have their sensitive personal data returned and probably viewed by other users.
About Steam users’ personal data exposed due to the DoS attack, Valve said that the exposed information “varied by page.” The company further elaborated that while some pages included the billing address of a Steam user; others contained information like the users’ email address, their purchase history, the last four digits of the users’ Steam Guard phone number, and/or the last two digits of their credit card number.
Valve has also confirmed that the “cached requests did not include full credit card numbers, user passwords, or enough data to allow logging in as or completing a transaction as another user.”
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