So this is hopefully the start of a new series where, after work, I will attempt to provide a quick daily update on any gaming news that has piqued my interest.
Today I will start off with the news that a number of Steam accounts may have been vulnerable to hijacking due to a bug regarding the resetting of an accounts forgotten password. The reports tell us that an account could be hacked into with nothing more than a Username last week due to a loophole that enabled the emailed code for verifying the account could be left blank and simply by pressing continue the hacker could access the account with a new password of their choosing. According to Valve the security issue has been fixed however it is looking as if the bug was impacting accounts throughout last week.
Kotaku were informed by Valve that that it is “resetting passwords on accounts with suspicious password changes during that period.”
“Please note that while an account password was potentially modified during this period the password itself was not revealed,”
“Also, if Steam Guard was enabled, the account was protected from unauthorized logins even if the password was modified.”
Whilst the likelyhood of any of our accounts being affected is slim, it still has to be worrying that such a simple thing could leave our accounts exposed for even a brief window. It’s probably nothing to worry about but if you think your account may have been a victim it would be best to contact Valve straight away. Hopefully this won’t happen again but it does prove the value of systems like Steam Guard, and if you don’t have it implemented already maybe this might change your mind. Either way, don’t let it happen again Valve.
The second piece of news circling the internet today was the news that Arnold Schwazenegger’s Terminator would feature as a playable character in WWE 2K16. I used to play every WWE game until recently, I have been unable to adapt from THQs to 2Ks versions of the game, but one has to wonder about the timing. It’s as if WWE is using this to distract from the drama surrounding them and Hulk Hogan. Nonetheless it’s a cool little feature that could be a recurring aspect to the games in the future, adding other film characters or actors etc.
What are your thoughts on the above news? also I’d love to hear your feedback on this daily news feature.