Typically each Christmas there are heavy streaming problems across the Web as people unwrap their new games consoles, set-top boxes, mobile devices and phablets. Popular games service Steam didn’t however suffer any bandwidth issues, but there was a security issue that put everyone on high alert.
A caching issue ultimately caused private payment details to become widely available. Some users reported that they could view and access payment information of other Steam users.
In a statement to Gamespot, Steam admitted 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.
The Steam store was disabled for a short time over the weekend as the team tried to rectify the issue. It’s not yet certain how secure Steam is today, but anyone that intends to use the service is advised to check what charges are levied through their account over the next few days and weeks.
Larry Banks is a keen follower of technology and finance. He has worked for a variety of online publications, writing about a diverse range of topics including mobile networks, patents, and Internet video delivery technologies.