If you’re like me and you wanted to go and buy someone a copy of Bad Rats their morning, only to find that the Steam storefront was down, well, here’s the reason why.
Last week, a vulnerability allowed others access to your account provided they had your username. This was done from a loophole in the password request system. It’s since been fixed (hence the downtime earlier), but the exploit may have been available since the 21st.
There is some good news. Valve seems to be able to detect who may have been effected, and will be issuing password resets to those impacted. Also, if you had Steam Guard enabled, then you should be fine, as it’s a two-step process based on hardware. Still, that would only impact someone’s ability to log in, and passwords for those with Steam Guard may have been modified.
Popular video game streaming service Twitch has been hacked, resulting in passwords, e-mail addresses, and limited credit card information being obtained by an unknown party. E-mails were sent out to those affected, the full contents of which you can find below. It seems that malicious script was being run on the site on March 3rd, but it’s not entirely clear if only those who logged into the site on that date were impacted, or if the hack is more broad.
It’s worth noting that I never got any sort of e-mail from Twitch, though Larry Davis, DAC’s very own editor-in-chief, did. However, all passwords and stream keys have been reset, and any social media you may have had your account linked to has been unlinked.
We are writing to let you know that there may have been unauthorized access to some Twitch user account information.
For your protection, we have expired passwords and stream keys and have disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube. As a result, you will be prompted to create a new password the next time you attempt to log into your Twitch account.
We also recommend that you change your password at any website where you use the same or a similar password. We will communicate directly with affected users with additional details.
Just another day on the Internet.
Information leaked via the hacking group H4LT over the holidays on new Xbox One development tools and firmware, which reveals that Miscrosoft will be allowing up to 50-80% of the console’s seventh processing core to be used by developers. Devs who wish to use this would have to nix voice commands (only those unique to the game) as well as the Kinect’s infra-red and depth functions.
You can read Digital Foundry’s full report here, which goes on to theorize that the additional CPU allotment may allow developers to milk more out of their games on the Xbox One than PS4 in the future, assuming Sony doesn’t also allow developers to dip into cores normally reserved for handling background tasks.
PSN and Xbox Live were both knocked offline on Christmas Eve in a DDoS attack, and while Live recovered fairly quickly, PSN was out for a whopping five days. To make up for the inconvenience, Sony is giving all PS+ members (provided they had valid memberships as of the 25th) a five day extension on their membership, free of charge. Additionally, PSN users will get a 10% discount coupon, good for the entire value of a single cart purchase. The coupon is redeemable on all games, shows, and movies.
Sony has yet to release a date for when all of this will take effect. In the meantime, Sony’s Playstation Store Holiday Sale has been extended until the 6th, and there’s probably some games on there so uh, go nuts.
On November 24th, computers at Sony’s headquarters began displaying a message declaring that the company was hacked by GOP (standing for “Guardians of Peace.”) The group has so far leaked Annie, Still Alice, To Write Love on her Arms, Mr.Turner, and Fury onto the Internet. However, notable pile of trash Variety has said that – besides Fury, which has been downloaded over 1.2 million times – none of the leaked films have garnered much interest.
Hackers have also threatened to reveal “secrets and top secrets” if the company fails to bow to their demands, which aren’t really known. Sony is working closely with law enforcement, though they apparently suspect North Korea may have a hand in this, likely due to the upcoming comedy The Interview, in which Seth Rogan and James Franco go to North Korea and make a mess of things. North Korea referred to the film as an “declaration of war.”