Wednesday December 30, 2015

Valve Explains Account Issues On Christmas Day

Valve announced today that about 34,000 Steam members were able to view incorrectly cached pages which contained sensitive personal information of other Steam users, including billing and email addresses. According to the press release, the glitch was triggered by a denial-of-service attack on Christmas day.

Early Christmas morning (Pacific Standard Time), the Steam Store was the target of a DoS attack which prevented the serving of store pages to users. Attacks against the Steam Store, and Steam in general, are a regular occurrence that Valve handles both directly and with the help of partner companies, and typically do not impact Steam users. During the Christmas attack, traffic to the Steam store increased 2000% over the average traffic during the Steam Sale.