77 000 Steam Accounts Hacked Monthly
Valve released statistics about players’ account been hacked for items. On the plus side, new measures have been deployed to counter hackers.
Although 77 000 accounts hacked monthly seem like a lot, Valve reassure players that account theft is nothing new. But the problem increased by 2000% when Steam introduced Steam Trading four years ago. For now, Steam simply duplicate the stolen items, but they are well aware that this is not the best method, especially for the rare items such as knife skins in CS:GO or Arcana items in Dota 2
Speaking of which, in the same blog post, they announced new security measures to counter account theft. Many possibilities were studied but most of them couldn’t be applied or would have been bad for the users.
The measures that were pushed aside were :
- No trading without Steam Guard
- Removing Trades
Those two method, although the easy to push forward, would have just been bad. Since if you don’t have a cellphone, you can’t use Steam Guard and many users use and enjoy the trading/gifting aspect of Steam.
In the end, they opted for those three measures :
- Anyone losing items in a trade will need to have a Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator enabled on their account for at least 7 days and have trade confirmations turned on. Otherwise, items will be held by Steam for up to 3 days before delivery.
- If you’ve been friends for at least 1 year, items will be held by Steam for up to 1 day before delivery.
- Accounts with a Mobile Authenticator enabled for at least 7 days are no longer restricted from trading or using the Market when using a new device since trades on the new device will be protected by the Mobile Authenticator.
For those who wonder, Steam Guard is a two-factor security used with your cellphone, you activate the application, the application gives you a code to enter before you can use the account. Such has Blizzard’s Battle.net Authenticator or other such anti-hacking programs.
Conclusion to this is, if you want to keep that ever so precious Bewitching Flare for your Lina in Dota 2 or that super sweet knife is CS:GO, you might want to make sure you use the appropriate measures.