Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hide Yo Kids! Hide Yo Wife! Steam has been Hacked.

With the birth of technology, the internet specifically, the world has become a much more interesting place to live. Information is easier to find and share, everyone can have an opinion and a bunch of nerds from around the world can get together to play video games poorly in front of 10’s of other nerdy strangers around the world. But, with the internet becoming such a dependability in society these days, there’s always a cost. The biggest being of course, hackers.

Yes, as you know, earlier this year, the Playstation Network was hacked, leaving millions of users unable to use the service as well as potentially having their information in the hands of said hackers. Well, it’s happened again today as Steam president Gabe Newell has reported that hackers have indeed gained access to the Steam database. I’m sure you all already know this, but just a friendly reminder to let you know to keep an eye on your account and credit card information. While Newell was quoted as saying “We do not have evidence that encrypted credit card numbers or personally identifying information were taken by the intruders, or that the protection on credit card numbers or passwords was cracked. We are still investigating.” He still suggests keeping an eye on your credit card statements and activities if you have indeed allowed the company access to said information.

As a user of Steam, I personally am not too worried about the situation, especially considering the same thing happened to the PSN, another service I am a part of, and nothing ever became of it. But I will remain cautious nonetheless (not that they'd get anything out of my bank account). Ya know, why can’t we just live in a world where people leave other people’s personal information alone? What do you gain from taking username and address from people you don’t know and who likely live all over the world? Also, why isn’t their better security measures on these things? You’d think after the PSN debacle, every other online service that deals with people’s money ever would take note and amp up their guard. I guess not. To quote a semi-famous, fictional postal worker “This is a sick world we live in! Sick people!”

Oh well. As long as my Sniper Mask is fine, I guess that’s all that matters.

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