Steam says everything is fine following Christmas Day security issue

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Christmas Day typically brings up streaming issues as so many find themselves unwrapping new game consoles, set-top boxes and mobile devices. Popular gaming portal Steam didn’t have bandwidth trouble, but a brief security snafu put everyone on high alert.

A caching issue caused private payment details to be widely available. Users were reporting that they could view and access the payment information of other Steam users.

In a statement to Gamespot, Steam admits it was a caching issue:

As a result of a configuration change earlier today, a caching issue allowed some users to randomly see pages generated for other users for a period of less than an hour. This issue has since been resolved. We believe no unauthorized actions were allowed on accounts beyond the viewing of cached page information and no additional action is required by users.

For a short time yesterday, the Steam store was disabled as the team tried to fix the error. It’s not clear how secure Steam actually is right now, but we won’t caution you against gaming; just keep an eye on what charges you accrue through Steam.

Steam Issue Allowing Access to Other Users’ Accounts [Gamespot via Reddit]

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